People are currently asking me where my love for kids’ literature comes from. I didn’t know the answer for a long time. I was just drawn to them, their illustrations sparkled my imagination, their stories inspired me to learn life lesson in every experiences I experienced. And from the first moment when I became a mum I decided that I am going to pass that enchantment with kids’ books to my children.
Some researchers claim that children’s books for adults represent a "symbolic retreat from the disappointment of reality". Dr Louise Joy, a Cambridge University academic, believes that "books such as Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach offer a world where self-consciousness is overthrown and relationships are straightforward. But relationships in the real adult world are often fraught by miscommunication and the impossibility of understanding one another properly."
To some extent I must agree with dr. Joy. Fiction for adults presents the real life situations as they are – with all the negative emotions and burdens which we experience in our everyday lives, and also imposing that the limiting believes, fears and disabilities of its characters are hard to overcome, and that they are the victims of the life’s circumstances not their decisions.
In contrary to that children’s literature is the one that inspire kids (and adults as well) to be better persons. They promote our personal growth and self-understanding, and lead to the examination of universal truths with facilitating the discussion of sensitive or emotional issues.
They often capture child’s point of view, to which we – the adults – need to listen very carefully. Not only that we will understand our kids better - they will inspire us to be children again. Free, young, creative, imaginative, artistic. Everything. They let you have your own world that you can project to your real world. We will be able to bring back to life our inner child, to nurture and cherish it to the greatest extents because he will teach us how to enjoy life in a pure heart, pure joy, happiness and abundance. They’re not only filled with great lessons in life but also inspires you that anything is possible, that I just have to think of it and I will achieve it.
This kind of literature also opens us up to the real world without weighing us down. Even in the toughest life situations its characters always find a way out of them. It shows us how to be brave, how to overcome obstacles, how to deal with life in the beauty of simplicity.
I believe that we are shaped by what we read and that what we read also makes an impact on how we deal with others, passing on values learnt from it. That is why I thank the children’s books not only for reminding me of my childhood but also for being a part of who I am today.