A Children's BookChildren's book
How does a children's book help?
I am initiated into an endless discussion in children's world. How is a children's book "good"? This is a particularly important issue now that the summers are over and a list of textbooks that they have been reading since June has been submitted by them. Is reading the novella of the latest film about superheroes considered reading a book?
At the end of my 7th graders summers, I presented a book of readings consisting of a unique book - the picture book "Dinotopia" by James Gurney. And I hadn't even seen Dinotopia. "It just so happens to be the only book in my room this past sommer, and I felt that my closeness to the book was that.
This mystery of the "good" children's book is best personified by the seemingly undying - or perhaps only untote - serial "Goosebumps" by R. L. Stine. "Goose bumps" is a set of novella horrors that corresponds to the child's B-horror-films. Selling so many is the only way if million of them really want to study the book.
It' s obvious: "Goose bumps" are good, right? Adults' answers to the questions of good children's literature are divided into two general camps: a content-oriented and a result-oriented one. It is somehow educational or nutritious, often moral. This may be laughed at as desperately old-fashioned, but the concept that children's literature should be "socially aware" has become widely accepted, which is not exactly ethically educational.
Nowadays, many children's literature is somehow "topical" and "relevant" and takes up topics such as discriminations or torture of animals. Particularly beautiful are Gene Luen Yang's "Boxer and Saints", a pair of graphical books about rebellious boxing, Katherine Applegate's masterwork "The One and Only Ivan", which is about the brutal way a street labyrinth is treated, and Cece Bell's bright and fun "El Deafo", a graphical memoire about the writer having a deafness.
However, does a book have to be "socially conscious" to be good? Paediatric psycheologist Bruno Bettelheim spoke out in favour of this. In The Uses of Enchantment, he stated that he thought that a good book "would enhance the child's capacity to find purpose in life". "As a writer of children's literature and even as a buyer of children's literature, I am discouraged by these demands.
Begtelheim maintains that only a few children's literature achieves these high aims - with the sole exemption of fairytales. Reading this section, I always think of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are". Okay, so we gave our kids Grimm and Sendak. It is not that grown-ups decide which ones are good for kids, but that the really good ones for kids are the ones that are in the middle of a Fenn chart, where a group of people is talking about a book that kids like, and the other book that grown-ups like.
When we ask what makes a good book for kids, why should we look at what grown-ups think about it? So what does a children's book do well and what does a children's book lit-ra-cha. "She continued: "Some children's literature is like children's shoes: it's perfect for kids, but it doesn't match grown-ups, and kids grow out of them over the years.
I' ve been reading it to the kids a hundred time, and now and then I take it out and I' m reading it to myself. But what good is it to call a children's book "literature"? Doesn't that simply allow us to mix the opinion of a child with that of an adult? Sure. As a gift, we give children's footwear because it goes with children's foot.
Especially kids are made to jump. I have two responses to determine the qualtity of children's literature. I' m striving to create a book so thrilling that my reader wants to swallow every page and is wealthy and contemplative enough that every page is deserving of being swallowed.
Writers who want to create serious and important novels for kids sometimes fail to realize that when a kid is not encouraged to complete a book, all that unusual things become self-service half way down the road. Writers who only want to create conversation, however, miss an opportunity:
It is even more important that the child is encouraged, thought-provoking and thought-provoking; they want to study and develop and become sapient. I think they' re gonna like a book with a great storyline. They' re only gonna like a book that'll make them see the whole thing over again. I also have a result-oriented response because once my book is finished, I want to know how I did it.
When a kid opens a book, opens every page of it, shuts it up, clings it to his breast and says, "I like this book," it's a good book. Are children "goose bumps" on their breasts? A lot of others cling to "Where are the wild things" or "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" or "El Deafo" because these works help them to find a sense in their lives, whether morally, psychologically or inexpressibly.
It doesn't matter if a kid dances to Tchaikovsky or Strauss.