My job is that I lie to children―but they're honest lies.
This year, we set out to update our blog on the last day of the month with a TED Talk that addresses issues related to language, translation, writing, and publishing, so here's a very heartwarming lecture by Mac Barnett, who writes children's books and advocates for telling stories that are surreal and whimsical in order to help young readers use their imagination and keep looking for that "secret door" that will make them bond with the story and its characters.
Mentioning Ulysses and Sherlock Holmes and the strong connections that readers worldwide have with these characters, he said, "We know these characters aren't real, but we have real feelings about them. We know these characters aren't real, and yet we also know that they are. Kids can get there a lot more easily than adults can, and that's why I love writing for kids. I think kids are the best audience for serious literary fiction."