if it’s too difficult for grown-ups, write for children

I want to hate this…

But even though I have some issues with the writer behind it, I think James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead initiative is a good idea. If half the people who read his thrillers were to look at the site to get an idea of a book to give to a child, the world would be a better place. As long as people use this list in combination with a brilliant bookseller or librarian, I think we can imagine a future where kids get as gifts books that they WANT to read, not ones that someone THINKS they should read. Like something from Mo Willems’ super Pigeon series, the inclusion of which confirms that not all of the books he’s recommending are from his own publisher. The list truly does cover the best from across the industry.
Now can we talk about the picture of Patterson and the zombie child he’s clutching in his claws? And the fact that the logo isn’t downloadable, so I can’t use it to illustrate this post? For shame, web designer!
Do you see any glaring omissions in his choices?

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