Literature entices, motivates, and instructs. It opens doors to discovery and provides endless hours of adventure and enjoyment. Children need not be tied to the whims of television programming nor wait in line at the theater to follow a rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, save a wild herd of mustangs from slaughter, fight in the Revolutionary War, learn about a new hobby that will provide many enjoyable hours, or model themselves after real-life people of accomplishment. These experiences are available at any time on the nearest bookshelf.
— My Children’s Literature text book