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Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise


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An unmissable essay on the importance of children's literature by the bestselling and award-winning author, Katherine Rundell

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Katherine Rundell is the million-copy bestselling author of five children’s novels and has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst many others. Katherine spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature and is learning, very slowly, to fly a small aeroplane. Katherine will be a World Book Day author for 2021.


Read everything she writes
*Daily Mail*

A winning polemic about how reading a children’s book can remind us of the need to see things from different perspectives
*i Weekend*

Rundell's pen is gold-tipped
*Sunday Times*

Rundell is now unarguably in the first rank
*Philip Pullman on The Explorer*

As an unashamed lover and reader of children's literature, I adored Katherine Rundell's Why You Should Read Children's Books ... [it's] time to remind yourself of the reason you fell in love with books and reading in the first place
*Observer New Review*

It’s a very short book but it packs a real punch. Rundell makes an irresistible case and reminds you of the wonder and excitement of reading, discovering and learning. She is a brilliant and ferocious communicator; I found her use of language and some of her tropes thrilling and fascinating and enormously generative. A real delight
*FT readers’ best books of 2019 Financial Times*

Children's author Katherine Rundell is a fellow in English Literature at Oxford so she knows how to put an argument together. Here, she delivers a winning polemic about how reading a children's book can remind us of the need to see things from different perspectives
*i Weekend*

The Costa Award-winning children’s author makes an impassioned case for adults to continue reading children’s books. She explains what they can teach us, including kindness and courage, risk-taking and morality.
*Sunday Express S Magazine*

Just delicious
*Observer New Review*

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