A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.
Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.
We read to know we are not alone.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.