As Joan Aiken discovered as a small child, reading is one of the most wonderful ways to make friends and spend time with another person; it is like being alone with them when they are alone. It is a way of taking time off from your own life, or problems, and entering another mind, another world. Once you have experienced this, it is like having a companion, someone who you will never forget, and who you can spend time with everyday.
She wrote about her experience with her early reading:
And the same goes for grown-ups too! As she wrote in a piece for International Children’s Book Day fifty years ago:
“If every single person in the world had a book – just one book – and they’d have to be able to read it of course – we’d have a lot less trouble.”
PS. Rather nice to know that for Joan it was a comfort to know that Wednesday followed Thursday…? Only in her world!
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