He said: “I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.” Every now and again there was a fashion for saying, for example, that RL Stine was a bad author or that comics fostered illiteracy. “It’s tosh. snobbery and foolishness.”
He added: “Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Give them worthy-but-dull books that you like … you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.”
Gaiman said reading fiction was one of the most important things people can do. He is also passionate in his defense of libraries, the closure of which he likened to stealing from the future.
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