I love this TED talk. It made me laugh, and it talks about how fiction - lies - teach truth.
Mac Barnett quotes Picasso: “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
We "realize" truth through art. Just as children do, we discern our world through fiction.
Mac Barnett is an "author of books for children". He teaches us that children can suspend disbelief (Coleridge) in order to tangle out what is needed to grow... I love this concept. "We get there when we read".
He says "kids are the best audience for serious literary fiction." We need that same innocence when we read in order to glean all we can from novels.
The story is enough.