As a community of critics, from a range of disciplines, we seem to find it very hard to get away from the idea of children and ‘the child’ as a category. Do not get me wrong here: I am sure that as individuals we each respect the individuality of the children we meet and interact with—many librarians I know work very hard to do this—but our professions as librarians, critics, editors, authors, child development and play specialists, exist within a paradigm from which it is extremely hard to break away in which we lose sight of the idea that children might already have interests, and instead seem to focus on other reified categories such as age appropriateness or worse, what I have seen described as bibliotherapy.