|The Curious Garden by Peter Brown|
The original articles:
Out-of-Body Experience by A.J. Jacobs
John Green and His Nerdfighters Are Upending the Summer Blockbuster Model
MFA vs POC
Adults Should Read Adult Books
Teen Librarian Toolbox: Dear Media, Let me help you write that article on YA literature
Anne Ursu: On 'The John Green Effect,' Contemporary Realism, and Form as a Political Act
Beyond Relevance to Literary Merit: Young Adult Literature as "Literature"
Personally, I think Phillip Pullman put it best when he said, "One mistake that adults used to make about children's books, is to think that children's book deal with trivial things. Little things that please little minds, and little concerns about little people. And, so, nothing could be further from the truth. Quite the contrary, it's been my observation that a lot of highly praised adult books, or highly successful adult books, in recent years have dealt with the trivial things. Such as, "Does my bum look big in this?" or "Will my favorite football team win the cup?" and "Oh dear, my girlfriend's left me, whatever am I going to do?". Whereas the children's books have dealt with ultimate questions: "Where do we come from?," "What's the nature of being a human being?," "What must I do to be good?" These are profound questions, very deeply important questions. And they are being dealt with. Largely, not in the books that adults read, but in the books that children read."