Thursday, May 3, 2012
The ABC's of Middle Grade: W is for Wonder
So today is W, and W stands for wonder. One of the reasons I read and write middle grade is because of its wonder factor. Kids have so much to explore, so much to learn, and so much to share; they completely get what it means to be filled with wonder. And they get that books will take them to wonder-filled places.
Sometimes, adults forget that the world is filled with wonder. Sometimes adults become too busy to remember the world is wonder-filled. I don't want to forget that or be too busy to remember that. I want to hang on to the idea that the world is full of possibilities--even when things go horribly wrong or when life hurts. I want to remember that in the midst of struggle and ugliness, there is wonder in the world.
That's why I read and write middle grade. To remember the wonder of wonder. Why do you read or write middle grade?