A Child of Books

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (Walker Books, 2016)

Introduced by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

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A Child of Books is a celebration in the truest form of books and storytelling. Why is that message so important to get across?

Oliver: A Child of Books is truly a celebratory venture. It was the opportunity for two bookmakers to pay homage to the history of literature at large and the potential that it engenders in us all. Our work is shaped by, and built on, the books that we were exposed to as children. We wanted to pay homage to those stories that impacted and influenced us.

Sam: Both Oliver and myself wanted this book to celebrate some of the great imaginations of the past, yet also (hopefully) inspire new generations to come. We wanted this book to be an invitation for people into finding their own voices and their own stories.

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What kinds of reactions do you hope this book will inspire, not just in children, but also adults who share it with young readers or need it for themselves?

Sam: Good ones.

Oliver: We imagined the characters of our story to play two very different roles. The first is the Child of Books, who knows the secrets of literature and imagination. The second child needs to be shown the way. The second child perhaps represents timid readers who have not yet been bitten by the bug of literature. I like to imagine that the adults who read this book to children might take on the role of the Child of Books, guiding the young readers into this world of text.

Sam: Books create a very visceral and sensual experience and that combined with imaginative ideas, that combination, is a very compelling introduction to learning and creativity. The Information Age has also turned out to be the age of infinite distraction, and I certainly see books as a contemporary tool by which we can remedy some of that — especially in creating a focused way of entertaining and teaching ourselves.

Which book made you a child of books? Could you introduce it on A Book a Day in Hay? Please write a comment below, or email a short video (up to 2 mins) or text (500 words max.) to thestoryofbooks@gmail.com  All contributions welcome. 

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Post content courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd. To read the full interview, click here.

 

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