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Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe?

1405_sbr_cavebear_cover-jpg-crop-original-originalOver on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Kitty and Elissa are inviting you to share your stories about and strategies for helping children through what promises to be a difficult time for our country. Also see our latest booklist, “Making a Difference,” for some inspiration.

I won’t pretend that I can think of anything that makes me believe Donald Trump might be even a minimally okay President. But in the context of this blog, anyway, I am particularly bothered that he doesn’t like to read. (There are people I dearly love who don’t like to read, either, but none of them should be President.) Even George W. Bush liked to read, and I must say I adore his affection for I Am Charlotte Simmons as much as I do Hillary Clinton’s for Clan of the Cave Bear. Trash for all!

I am just reading Pamela’s S. Turner’s Samurai Rising, where, in reflecting on one samurai’s possible motivations, she makes that completely resonant point that “there is nothing in the world as dangerous as a man bristling with weapons and insecurities.” Add ignorance and incuriosity to that mix and you’ve got yourself someone who never, ever, should be President. Happy Friday!

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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