These quotes sum up pretty well my views on language, words and writing middle grade fiction.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of 10 which is not equally and often far more worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond.” C. S. Lewis

“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly.” E. B. White

“Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention.” E. B. White

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. All I know is what I have words for.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not good a good children’s story in the slightest.” C. S. Lewis

“The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.” María Montessori

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” Ronald Dahl, Matilda

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