The title of this blog comes from the C. S. Lewis quote
When I was ten I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. [x]
I was never shy about my love for Harry Potter, but I downplayed the fact that I still loved reading other children’s books (usually middle grade to YA) and often resisted reading books that I thought I would like because they were “for children.” I’m not quite as aged as Lewis, but I am learning to put away the fear of being childish and enjoying childish things. We should experience the same joy and wonder children do; often the best way to do that is through literature.
Fantasy and speculative fiction stories exist for all ages, but a majority of what I enjoy seems to appear in MG/YA lit. This blog will discuss children’s literature I am reading, articles on the matter, issues of diversity and representation in children’s literature (because I was and am a black girl who didn’t see people like herself in the books she read), and possibly venture into other forms of children’s media. I also run a TV-centered blog–another passion of mine–so there might even be some children’s/family entertainment posts that overlap.
I enjoy writing and am looking for reasons to write more. Starting my TV blog led me to actually start working on a TV spec script, so I’m hoping, in a similar fashion, this will inspire me to write more fiction/short stories, probably for middle grade/young adult.