“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Read something similar by another WordPress blogger yesterday too. All writers saying the same thing – children need stories.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering…

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3 thoughts on ““Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

  1. What a great article. It’s so true. In a day of mobile devices, video games and other brain garbage, many kids are missing many of these simple and enriching pleasures. Thanks for sharing.

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