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.
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.