‘I don’t write for children’ Maurice Sendak scoffed in his final interview.
‘I write — and somebody says ‘That’s for children!’
Some generations earlier J.R.R. Tolkien vehemently asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and C.S. Lewis cautioned against treating children as a different species – while E.B. White saw them as “the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers” among our own species.
With this lens – on the heels of the year’s best science books and best art books here are the year’s most intelligent and imaginative books published ‘for children’ but immeasurably rewarding for all readers.