I've just completed a small interview on community radio. And one of the questions perennially asked is why do you write for children?
Is it because you can think like them?( read: get down to their level)
What sort of language do you use? ( read no big words)
That made me really think.
Here are my reasons for writing for children:
I can really try different ideas, story lines, formats. To me children's writing is more creative and experimental than writing for adults.
I am surrounded by children, my own( forgive me they are now adults with children of their own) and with grandchildren. I love their inventiveness in terms of reasoning and in terms of language.
I am a trained primary school teacher with years of literacy training and encouraging both adults and children to write( and read)
And I love the wide audience of children's readers.
I love to put hope and joy in my writing and wonder.
And I love to read children's literature.
Anyone out there want to add their reasons?