With a blog named Writing and Other Ways into the Heart, I had my answer for what to write for this guest post. An author of children’s books needs to be in tune with kids’ needs and emotions. How does one do that?
The most important answer to the question lies within one’s own heart. We must know right from wrong, basic values children need and positive role modeling to name but a few. Only when we are quite convinced all this is well and truly in place within us can we dare to instruct.
We need to know children. Their hopes. Their dreams. Their fears. Their frustrations. If we are going to address their inner most psyches, and we as authors, do this with our words, we must be careful to honor those feelings and to never belittle or minimize them. We have to be true to the children we are trying to reach.
Now this does not have to be done as a sad, slow-moving dirge. Indeed, quite the opposite. Embedded in our sweet, scary, interesting, adventurous or belly-laughing books should be nuggets of human truth. The same notion that good teachers call implicit curriculum. Live it. Model it. Be it.
Can we as authors do this? Carefully, thoughtfully, sensitively, humanely, we can guide our young readers. If we are successful, we leave the child better for having read our book. S/he has grown and, in a tiny way, has matured because of us. What else can we ask for as an author?
One Pelican at a Time and
featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch.
Pelican has won the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite
Five Star Award and was nominated for a Global eBook Award. Nancy
Her travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly
She is US chair of a charity
in , that places girls in
intermediate schools to allow them to further their education. Nancy is a frequent speaker at conferences,
including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lamu, Kenya
She and her husband live in
Tampa and . St. Louis