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2011 May 3
by prgiff

From the time I learned to read, I wanted to write. I loved the sound of words, their meanings; I loved language. I’d hold a book in my hand and pretend that my name was on the cover. I’d read paragraphs aloud, pretending I’d written them.
But how could I ever hope to be a writer? I had no idea of how to get my words in print. And so I didn’t write until I was married with three children and had been a teacher for many years.
I’m holding a book in my hands now. It’s called KIDS IN PRINT, published by the Richland County Public Library, in Columbia, South Carolina. There’s a wonderful illustration on the cover, drawn by a thirteen year old, and lovely photographs and illustrations throughout this wonderful book. I love the stories and poems, written by children as young as six years old and as old as seventeen. (I was particularly drawn to a poem and collage done by a six year old.)
What an affirmation this is for young writers and artists. How I would have loved being a part of this when I was a child. Just the trying, the competing, would have been so satisfying, and to finally turn the pages and see my name, my words, printed professionally, would have thrilled me. It would have made the journey to becoming a published writer seem possible.
I congratulate the Richland Public Library on this exciting book. I wish every library in the country would consider the publication of children’s work. What a difference it would make!

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Callie Spytman permalink
    May 9, 2011

    Dear Mrs. Giff,

    I am 14 years old and love writing. I am reading your book Pictures to Hollis woods, and i am very interested in how you came about the memories and pictures for your book. Can you tell me about your mother in relation to the book? I also love to write all the time and i am doing a paper on your life and your bias(personality and background traits) that show up in the book. your life seems to have been very successful. I am so glad you took on your career in writing because your books are very good.

  2. July 13, 2011

    My 7 year old writes everyday and often asked me about how are books made. Where do people send their stories to be published, etc.? Stories, poems, songs, or plays emerge almost on a daily basis. I started binding her books as a way to publish them and continue to encourage her passion for writing.
    I was researching your site for my blog today. My 9 year old is reading Kidnap at the Catfish Cafe and hasn’t been able to put it down! :)

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