Writing in a Broken World …

This has been a painful and frightening week for a lot of people. At a time like this — when there such immediate need for change in the world — it feels hard to justify the work of writing children’s stories. What could be more frivolous? In many ways, my book Sophie Quire was about this very question. But in the time since I finished Sophie, the question has only plagued me more. What is the point of a children’s story? It’s a good time to remember GK Chesterton’s words:

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I might add something to this, which is that it’s important to write children’s stories so that the next generation can know a monster when they see it.

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  • Brittany says:

    I agree, Jonathan. I think that now, more than ever, is the time to write and read children’s literature. And it’s not just kids who can get something out of children’s stories, adults can as well. It’s important to write, so that people can understand those who may be different from them, and for the reader to gain empathy and insight. And yes, to ‘know a monster when they see it.’

  • Missy says:

    Hi, Jonathan. I just heard your interview on Read-Aloud Revival. Very excited to check out your books with my ten-year old son! I agree that we NEED good children’s stories. I guess you are talking about the election and Trump as the monster. The previous two elections were painful for me, and many of the things I was afraid of came to be. Great literature is gone from our schools, replaced by mere excerpts or, worse, informational texts. Teachers don’t read aloud to their students. I’m hoping that changes! From a fellow Pittsburgher…





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