Children don’t read ‘genres’; they read stories. Below a certain age, they don’t distinguish between ‘true’ and ‘not true,’ because they see no reason that a white rabbit shouldn’t possess a pocket watch, that whales shouldn’t talk, or that sentient beings shouldn’t live on other planets and travel in spaceships. Science-fiction tropes aren’t read as ‘science fiction’; they’re read as fiction. And fiction is read as reality. And sometimes reality lives under the bed and has very large teeth, and it’s no use pretending otherwise.
Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, June 4 & 11, 2012 (via electronicsquid)
I want to make a list of must-reads for my kid. I don’t even know how I fell in love with reading. My earliest memory of being really obsessed with a book was reading The Dark Elf trilogy when I was 13. Those were my first fantasy titles, I think. And then before that there was Nancy Drew, then Sweet Valley High, Sweet Valley Twins. And before that… Dr. Seuss?
How do you get started with little boys?