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Janni Lee Simner
01 August 2003 @ 09:47 am
"I firmly believe there is no such thing as children's literature." An interesting essay on the genre by Gerald Early of Washington University.

"Children's literature exists as an idea in the adult mind about the ways one speaks to children, about how we adults configure childhood. Children's literature celebrates the imagination we think is necessary for us to engage childhood as adults. It is a way for adults, in short, to distinguish children from adults. That is why we have children's literature."