What inspires me most about children’s books?
I’d actually like to use my mother’s words, she – Joan Lingard – has published about 57 books (we have lost count) and is most renowned for her children’s books.
‘Life is limited; we inhabit one body, one mind and see through one pair of eyes. But by reading and writing, we can enter different worlds, get inside the skins of different people in different places, and, in so doing, push out the boundaries of our own lives. That is why I started to read and later to write’
I couldn’t agree more, and this is made explicit in her work as the theme of connecting across difference and divide is a thread that runs through her books. By allowing us to enter into different and similar worlds fiction gives us the gift of empathy for ourselves and others.