The Guardian has published a list of the best children's books, based on "a combination of personal recommendations, enduring classics and currently popular borrowings from school and public libraries – are suggestions and starting points only, of course (and the age ranges attached even more so), but hopefully there will be something, somewhere for everyone. "
Stephen Fry's series Fry's Planet World, screening on ABC TV, is a fascinating look at the history of words. In last weeks episode, he said
“Almost everything I am I owe to Libraries...
Libraries still for me have this extraordinary charge...when I go in one I feel this buzz. It’s almost sexual, there’s something about the fact that behind all these bound copies there are voices. There are people murmuring to you, seducing you, dragging you into their world.
These are wonderful, magical places.
If there’s a campaign I am really behind it’s saving our Libraries.”