A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day

Today is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and, as such, it is also International Children’s Book Day.

Many people grow out of children’s books like they grow out of sippy cups and bright pink overalls.  I’ve heard cynics denounce children’s books for being naïve, simplistic and irrelevant passed a certain age.

I must stand up for children’s books on their day of honor.

Sure, children’s books are written for children, have small words and only have a line or two on each page. But beauty lies in their simplicity. Continue reading “A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day”