“One thing I do like to ask people who shrug off fairy tales because they are “just for kids” (which all fairy tales are not) is, just what do they have against children, and the people who write stories for children, anyway? Children are some of our most astute and most vulnerable thinkers; a pretty deserving audience, from my point of view.” —Kate Bernheimer, from her interview on fairy tales and her new picture book with The Children’s Book Review.
“We cannot enrich the minds of our students by testing them on texts that purposely ignore their hearts. By doing so, we are withholding from our neediest students any reason to read at all. We are teaching them that words do not dazzle but confound. We may succeed in raising test scores by relying on these methods, but we will fail to teach them that reading can be transformative and that it belongs to them.” —From Middle School English teacher Claire Needell Hollander’s NYT Op-Ed, “Teach the Books, Touch the Heart.”
“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice…” —From chapter 13 of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.