My buddy Steve Vernon (blog here) made a great comment at the Forest of Reading ceremony at Harbourfront this week. He called it a "Festival of Hope" because of all the great readers in the crowd.
He's 100% right, and not just about the next generation of readers and writers.
Just check out the next generation of illustrators!
Yesterday, Lois (who's just 12!) gave me this amazing present at the Silver Birch party in Whitby.
And she had a whole sketchbook full of equally great artwork.