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. I handed them, against the advice of experts, a mouse-boy, and they accepted it without a quiver. In Charlotte’s Web, I gave them a literate spider, and they took that.
When it comes to telling stories, I think we’re too used to telling them at bedtime. It’s the thing we do in the last five minutes of every day, and it can become just part of a routine. Even as an author, you tend to get caught up in the day-to-day world of getting work done, hitting deadlines, and sometimes you can forget the reason you’re a writer in the first place. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are stories around us all the time.