I've had such great talks with kids about my book. Some of their questions about GLORY BE, about the 60s, about integration, even about my opinions, have blown me away.
Still, I feel very strongly that writers shouldn't set out to solve the problems of the world in a book. Or to teach young readers all the answers. That's not why I write. But if a book's topic relates to something going on in a child's life, in her school, on a sports team, make that connection. Just understand that the author probably didn't sit down one day and say "Hmmm, let's teach kids to be nicer to each other."
In a good book, it just happens that way.
For tips on the topic, especially as your younger child begins a new school year,
check out this article from Scholastic via Parent and Child.
I've probably only written about this one time, an interview with Children's Literature Network, linked HERE:
Of course, I know writers look for ways to connect their books to kids, teachers, parents. But a good book stands on its own. No preaching necessary!
The connections, when they are made, happen magically- or so it seems.
Opinions are welcome. That's what the comment box is for.
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