Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Loving Middle Grade
Today, we still read aloud together, even though my kids have been reading on their own for years. It's a treasured part of each day - to pull our current read from the shelf - and read together.
Our middle grade read alouds launched my current lot in life: writing my first middle grade novel. While the writing process is often arduous and draining, it is also wondrous and rewarding. Sometimes it is all of these simultaneously. But one thing that keeps my fingers plunking the computer keys, day after day no matter how my writing progresses, is imagining a child (or a mom or dad together with that child), my book in hand, captivated by its characters and world. To give that gift is why I write.
What do you love about middle grade reading and writing?