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The first book that a child reads has a colossal impact.
Children read to learn — even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics, or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries; it is all new to them.
Sudden wealth was the great insulator, second only to sudden bereavement.
Words are like spices. Too many is worse than too few.
A children's writer should, ideally, be a dedicated semi-lunatic, a kind of poet with a marvelous idea, who, preferably, when not committing the marvellous idea to paper, does something else of a quite different kind, so as to acquire new and rich experience.
Lying to him was as necessary as breathing or wrapping up against the cold — a defense against curiosity.
From the beginning of the human race stories have been used—by priests, by bards, by medicine men—as magic instruments of healing, of teaching.
Since each child reads only about six hundred books in the course of childhood, each book should nourish them in some way — with new ideas, insight, humor, or vocabulary.
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Joan Delano Aiken was an English writer specialising in supernatural fiction and children's alternative history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an for her services to children's literature.
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Black Hearts in Battersea (1964)
The Whispering Mountain (1968)
Nightbirds on Nantucket (1966)
The Stolen Lake (1981)
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