The New Jersey Star-Ledger has a great article about the power of fantasy books for children. They interview professor Michael Levy from University of Wisconsin Stout, who specializes in YA lit.
The article is full of good quotes and thoughts that will make you cheer. Here’s my favorite:
“People talk about it as escapist, but it is also a
way of dealing with real problems,” Levy says.
“Harry Potter is every kid who’s ever been
picked on by a bully, who’s had to deal with someone
of the opposite sex. It helps them feel they’re not
alone, that they can find solutions. They can’t find
magical solutions, but they can find solutions.”