Many of us who write for children battle this challenge all the time:
What do kids actually, really want to read?
What do children’s publishers and agents actually, really want to see in our work?
And is there ever much overlap?
How on earth can we get it right?
Here is a bit of food for thought from E.B. White, author of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web.
“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth…. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words and they backhand them across the net.”