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text 2013-06-05 03:25
Upcoming NYPL Exhibit: "The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter"


Going to be in New York City sometime between June 21 of this year and January 19 of next? Check out this exhibit at the New York Public Library, and take some pictures of it for me: http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/abc-it


From the page:

"The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how do they teach children, and what do they reveal about the societies that produced them? Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.


"Our first books stir and shape us as few books ever again can. Goodnight MoonAlice in WonderlandA Wrinkle in Time! For three centuries and more, books made especially with the young in mind have served as indispensible gateways to literature, art, and knowledge of the world. Viewed historically and across cultures, the sheer number and variety of such volumes is apt to amaze. If, however, as adults we find that our own childhood favorites remain as thrilling or funny or heart-stoppingly beautiful as ever we should not be surprised. As W. H. Auden wisely observed: 'There are no good books which are only for children.'”


Sounds wise and wonderful.

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