Libraries, particularly with their children's sections, are the candy stores of alternate universes and story rabbit holes. I’m not the best read person, but I've retained that understanding even as the adult who graduated to John Keats, Charlotte Bronte, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, Audrey Niffenegger, Peter Englund, Ron Chernow (yes, I was reading Alexander before there was a musical, and no I haven't finished it yet, but will testify that it is marvelously written and deeply engaging), and so on. I light up like a firefly inside when I enter the rows and rows of book-stuffed shelves, especially in children’s sections, everywhere. I am one of those folks who finds endless fascination and deep and abiding joy where word and art (particularly watercolor art) meld to bring story to life. I've had a lifelong love affair with the artful communication of kids' picture books that trickles over into my work.
Through much of my life, my jobs have involved or featured arts and communications. Even now that I'm in what you could call a change-of-life career, I'm still working jobs involving or featuring arts and communications. Since I went back for an advanced degree, most of those posts have been in education, public and private. In my frequent work as a language coach, children's picture books remain one of my top recommended resources for learning and reinforcing English, especially for adults.