I recently had the excellent fortune to guest blog on The Horn Book’s new venture: Family Reading about my love of reading fantasy, and sharing the books with my young daughter. Fantasy (not, I’m slightly ashamed to admit, ethnography) remains my favorite genre, largely because of the way it allows us to work through complex concepts with fresh eyes. Fantasy takes cultural elements, values, and dialogues we are familiar with, and detaches them from their embedded cultural context. In other words, it lets us talk about tricky subjects – race, gender, power, religion – without all the baggage that normally accompanies the concept.
As a mom, it is especially important to me that I give my kids thoughtful ways to tackle these tough subjects, while also giving them a space outside of life-as-we-know-it, where they can breathe, imagine, and explore. To read about what I most love about reading Harry Potter, The Wee Free Men, and Howl’s Moving Castle, follow the link here: Of Fantasy and Daughters.