Shouldn’t we

Shouldn’t we
play a part
in making it

Do not let children read anything
that you have not read yourself.

Read to them,
and teach them
to look for allusions
in books.

Give children something
they are growing up to,
not away from.

/ / /

This is a found poem. Source: Heins, Ethel. “”Go, and Catch a Falling Star’: What Is a Good Children’s Book?” Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children’s Literature, compiled and edited by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire, Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1987, pp. 522-532.

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