It is always the adults we have to contend with - most children under the age of ten will react creatively to the best work of a truly creative person. But too often adults sift their reactions to creative picture books through their own adult experiences. And, as an editor who stands between the creative artist and the creative child, I am constantly terrified that I will react as a dull adult. But at least I remember this every minute.
Ursula Nordstrom, Harper & Row’s legendary editor of children’s books, in a letter to Maurice Sendak (via backstreetsbackalright)