It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard about Neil Gaiman. He’s written comic books, books, movie scripts, the occasional TV script… and he seems, lately, to be everywhere. He writes for all levels of readers, and he is quite prolific. Three of his works are on our Staff Pick Bookmarks so far (Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods), and he is a widely respected and wildly popular fantasy author.
So why bring up a man who really doesn’t need any publicity to be a success? Because he gave a fantastic speech at The Reading Agency‘s annual lecture about how important reading and imagination are. He also discusses how important libraries are, so of course we’re predisposed to like it. Aside from this however, the speech is about the importance of literacy, imagination, and reading anything and everything which we fully support. There have been studies that show that reading fiction is good for us, especially children, improving empathy and socializing skills.