“I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting. … It does not hurt them to read about good and evil, love and hate, life and death. Nor do I think they should read only about things that they understand. “…a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.” So should a child’s. For myself, I will never talk down to—or draw down to—children.”
Barbara Cooney, autora e ilustradora de livros para crianças, no seu discurso de aceitação da medalha Caldecott, em 1959.