Why I Read Children’s Stories

Beauty and the Beast, illustration by Warwick Goble

In my late teens and early twenties (really up to age 25) I read adult books because that’s what adults do, right?

I was happy with most of them, though I found that I preferred more emotional and fantastical novels, and darker short stories.

Then came this past year, and I have been trying to figure out what gives me joy. This, most of all, in the books I read. I tried to read some of…