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Nilanjana S Roy: The kids are all right

Nilanjana S Roy

This is from a favourite essay by a favourite writer - Philip Pullman, who should know, on why children need reading and the arts in their lives: "Children need to read and listen to proper stories as much as they need to be loved and cared for. The difficulty with persuading grown-up people about this is that if you deprive children of shelter and kindness and food and drink and exercise, they die visibly; whereas if you deprive them of art and music and story and theatre, they perish on the inside, and it doesn't show … I'm not going to argue about this; I'm ...