Children are or become, in the words of the twentieth-century philosopher Marx Wartofsky, "what they are taken to be by others, and what they come to take themselves to be, in the course of their social communication and interaction with others."
"We can remember," writes Francis Spufford in his exquisite memoir The Child That Books Built, "readings that acted like transformations. There were times when a particular book, like a seed crystal, dropped into our minds when they were exactly ready for it, like a supersaturated solution, and suddenly we changed."
Francis Spufford makes a confession: books were his mother, his father, his school. Reading made him who he is.