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Mitali Perkins is the author of many books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near, a National Book Award nominee, and Rickshaw Girl, which has recently been adapted as a film. Her next book for children is Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week. This article is adapted with permission from the introduction to Steeped in Stories: Timeless Children’s Novels to Refresh Our Tired Souls.

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Mitali Perkins
Why do most people stop reading children’s books they loved once they come of age? Books from our childhood can still do so much good work for us.