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Children’s literature is toeing a fraught line between entertaining children and teaching them guidelines for an ever more complex world

Children’s literature has been booming for the past decade, with novels from Irish and international authors cutting a swathe in the books market, to the point where adults are putting down their novels in favour of picking up something originally targeted at kids. But if children’s literature is in rude good health, it’s also at an intriguing juncture, toeing an increasingly fraught line between entertaining children, but also teaching them guidelines for an ever more complex world.

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