Over the past few years, I've taken a handful of writing courses and workshops on writing for kids. I've learned all about creating that flawed and true character, erasing the parents and creating three obstacles followed by a kid solved resolution.
But it wasn't until my course on play that I truly understood what those courses were trying to teach me. In addition to capturing childhood moments we need to showcase the mighty child. How exactly do we do that?
Let me use an example to illustrate--The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. In this book there are no parents or adult helpers. There is a girl and her trusty sidekick, dog. The girl tries and tries to create the most magnificent thing as she tries she grows until she succeeds. The brilliant thing about this book, as I've learned in my early learning class, kids will try, try again. Each time they fail they will build on what they have previously discovered just like this little girl in the book until they finally succeed.
What books have you read read that show a might child? Is there anything you can do in your own work to incorporate the mighty child? Please feel free to comment below.
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I write kidlit and young adult novels. I'm Community librarian serving in a place I love, rural Alberta. STEAM enthusiast. Ravenclaw.