When I read the New York Times Review of Byatt's new book The Children's Book , and discovered that the main character is “loosely based’ on E. Nesbit, I remembered studying, and enjoying, E. Nesbit’s books in a Children’s Literature course.
I also read The Railway Children aloud—to a group of youngsters.
The Railway Children by E.Nesbit
Nesbit was an innovator. Gore Vidal in his article The Writing of E. Nesbit wrote, “After Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children (neither wrote for children) and like Carroll she was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own.”
A friend from England wrote and asked , "Please don't eschew children's literature in Word Collage."
The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009
I throughly enjoyed finding this sign in Cambridge ( Massachusetts, not England)