Children’s Authors Writing Gibberish

Meghan Cox Gurdon, Children’s Book Reviewer, The Wall Street Journal, says in The Case for Good Taste in Children’s Books, “The body of children’s literature is … shelf after shelf of books, many almost gibberish, but a rare few filled with wisdom and beauty and answers to important questions. These are the books that have lasted because generation after generation has seen in them something transcendent, and has passed them on. Maria Tatar, who teaches children’s literature at Harvard, describes books like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Books, and Pinocchio as ‘setting minds into motion, renewing senses, and almost rewiring brains.’ ”

Before you weigh in on her opinion, skim the rest of Meghan’s transcript.

Really. Look at the article. You’re in for a shock if you haven’t read kid lit lately. . . and I don’t just mean Harry Potter books.

Gibberish!  What’s your opinion on Meghan’s stance that children’s lit is becoming too grim, gruesome, dark and pushes the limits of taste and normalcy? Do you think it’s possible that topics covered in children’s lit could be contributing to kids’ problems?

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Ken’s War, a YA novel by B.K. Fowler, is slated for publication in 2014 by Melange Books LLC

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