Children Must be Guided into Creativity – Madeleine L’Engle


Creative by Nature

“There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all… Because of the very nature of the world as it is today our children receive in school a heavy load of scientific and analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, 1963


The following is an excerpt from author Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award Acceptance Speech (given in August, 1963) for her children’s science fantasy book “A Wrinkle in Time.” She talks about what inspired her writing, the deeper meaning of children’s literature, the importance of young people reading for pleasure and the creative role of adult writers to provide material that helps to expand children’s imaginations, especially in our present age where forces of “regimentation” and standardization” continue to exert influence…

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