To Celebrate World Book Day: Five Hundred Reasons…

Cally Poplak

March 7th 2013 by Cally Poplak

To celebrate World Book Day, let me share the insights of Isaac Bashevis Singer, which are pinned up by my desk…  Sian_Reading

There are five hundred reasons why I began to write for children, but to save time I will mention only ten of them.

  1. Children read books, not reviews.  They don’t give a hoot about critics.
  2. Children don’t read to find their identity.
  3. They don’t read to free themselves of guilt, to quench their thirst for rebellion, or to get rid of alienations.
  4. They have no use for psychology.
  5. They detest sociology.
  6. They don’t try to understand Kafka or Finnegan’s Wake.
  7. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation and other such obsolete stuff.
  8. They love interesting stories, not commentary, guides, or footnotes.
  9. When a book is boring, they yawn openly, without any shame or fear of authority.
  10. They don’t expect their beloved writer to redeem humanity.  Young as they are, they know that is not in his power.  Only adults have such childish illusions.