Originally published August 20, 2008 at 2 p.m., updated May 21, 2009 at 9:42 a.m.
Why do we love to read as adults? Probably because we fell in love with reading as children. At least that's the belief held by Seth Lerer, a professor of literature who's written a book that chronicles 2,000 years of children's books.
Maureen Cavanaugh: Children's literature is something we talk about. It's something that's marketed to kids and parents and generated by publishing houses. But what is it? That question is answered in a comprehensive book by Seth Lerer called Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter.
Last August Tom Fudge talked with Seth Lerer just as he was starting his new job as Dean of Arts and Humanities for UC San Diego. Here's that interview.
Seth Lerer, new dean of Arts and Humanities at UC, San Diego, and author of the new book "Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter."