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The worth of kids' opinions....

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The worth of kids' opinions....

There's a great entry today on one of the blogs I follow--I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids):

Susan E. Goodman writes about her timely new book, See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House, and the corresponding KIDS SPEAK OUT! survey on her web site ( Her post is worth reading purely for the quotes she's collected about kids and their political concerns. She raises a larger question as well when she tells of the reporter who dismissed the survey as a fine way to find out the parents' opinions. Ouch.

It's too true that our society tends to dismiss kids' opinions and ideas--and yet kids often see most clearly right and wrong and injustice and priorities, without worrying about politics or practicality. We grownups could do worse than to listen to kids' opinions.

As a writer for children, I'd like to help kids be heard. Maybe that's why I write children's literature first and foremost. I respect my audience. I think we have to, if we want kids to bother listening to what we have to say.

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At September 13, 2008 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Heather Zundel said...

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At September 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Heather Zundel said...

Kids are truly amazing. I am constantly floored by their insight and perception of the world and their ability to see beyond what we as so many adults cannot seem to get past. And we are the ones supposed to be teaching them? Thank you for this post. It has reminded me again why I choose to write for kids. It is not a cop-out, it is an honor to write for them.

At September 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Thanks, Heather. I totally agree!


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