On his famous book, The Dyer’s Hand, W.H. Auden describes the different phases of literary taste as follows:
"A child’s reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or…
Awesome quote. I would add now there is a dearth of literary mentors for all ages, but especially for children. Instead what we have are sociological mentors—adults who use literature to make us “better” members of society. Taste and aesthetic pleasures hardly enter into it anymore; they are pushed aside in the name of whatever cause.