This led me on to thinking about the importance of children's fiction, even for those who do not write it. My first loves in terms of children's books were the classic fairytales and the Famous Five series. I also liked Heidi, Black Beauty, and other classic children's books.
I think it can be forgotten sometimes that anyone who, like me, writes for adults, "owes" our audience to children's writers. Why? Because most people who read regularly have always read since they were children and all that changes as they become older is their tastes in books!
While I'm sure it does happen, the majority of readers don't suddenly go into a bookshop and pick out a book to read. They are going into stores or ordering books online because they already have a love of reading they are developing further. That love of books nearly always starts in childhood with the classic children's stories.