"I remember the feeling of safety that I associated with certain picture books," he said. "My childhood wasn't always happy or stable, but those books made me feel safe."
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What a gift for an author to give a child.
Sadly, there are kids going through turbulence in their lives that they feel they have no escape from. The adults in their worlds may not be aware of what they're going through, or they may even be the cause of the problem. For children whose external worlds are confusing, chaotic or frightening, books can be a lifeline of escape.
We are shaped, perhaps more than we realize, by the books we read in childhood.
As an author, never underestimate the power of your words. What you do matters.
For some readers, the words you write will be a beacon of encouragement. Your words might lift them out of a dark situation, make them think, entertain and distract them from the stresses of their daily life, challenge and inspire them, precipitate change, stick with them for years ahead, and even shape the person they will become.
What did books mean to you as a child? What were your favourite childhood books? Can you think of any that have influenced you today?
Karen Schravemade lives in Australia, where she mothers by day and transforms into a fearless blogger by night. She's a Genesis finalist for women's fiction and is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such. Find her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and getting creative on her home-making blog, A house full of sunshine.