Long before JK Rowling came along, there was Enid Blyton. A prolific children's book writer who died in 1968, it is estimated that over a 40 year period, she wrote some 800 books many of them are still in publication and still very popular. I haven't read one of her books in a while but I am a huge fan of the lovely vintage illustrations on the older books and often buy them when I see them.
These lovely lines from Enid Blyton's "The Poet," published in The Poetry Review in 1919 say it all:
And soul of a child,