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Windows in and windows out

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At a recent panel discussion, Genevieve Hart, chair of IBBY SA described books for children as being: ‘Windows to look out at the world, and also windows to look back in.’

The quote comes from a fascinating (and very fast!) TED Talk by Scott McCloud:
https://www.ted.com/talks/ze_frank_s_nerdcore_comedy

His talk refers more to animation than to children’s books, but the point remains. When children read, they can look out of a window – but thay can also look back in, and see themselves.

With thanks to Genevieve Hart.

Note: Anyone who sighs inwardly when faced with yet another Powerpoint presentation, should take a look at this virtuoso performance!