I’ve seen a lot of blog posts and comments lately with writers talking about why they write for children. They usually say that they still feel their inner children, or that books were so important to them during those formative years.
Those are great reasons. Books were certainly important to me when I was growing up. I devoured books from the time I started reading. From Cherry Ames and Nancy Drew through Agatha Christie. In high school my dad made me get the reading list for my grade from the library each year. I had to read books on the list and write book reports for him. I don’t know why he needed that extra proof considering that I was a good kid and a good student, and would have read them simply because he told me to.
Anyway, I may write because I love to read and I feel that I, too, have something to say. But I don’t think I write for kids because of how much I loved books when I was a kid. There’s just something about MG and YA books that really speaks to me. There are someone awesome MG and YA books out there and I just enjoy them so much, that I want to be a part of that too.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I am a teacher, and writing for children helps me tap into that part of myself (without being pedantic, of course). I love the idea of teaching children a small piece of the world I have experienced, a world beyond familiar and comfortable borders.
So why do you write, and why for kids?