KIDS IN PRINT
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!