When I’m writing for adults, I’m just trying to entertain them. But a good children’s book does much more than entertain. It teaches children the use of words, the joy of playing with language. Above all, it helps children learn not to be frightened of books. Once they can get through a book and enjoy it, they realize that books are something that they can cope with. If they are going to amount to anything in life, they need to be able to handle books. If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.
When a child is read to they learn they are worth the investment of time and energy by an older person. It can also bond them to a flesh and blood human being rather than a technological gadget. We all need to be loved. Spending time to be with a child can be invaluable for both involved.