If you happen to scroll down my homepage, you'll read that I write "for, about, and around children all day." But what you may not know is that I also READ for, about, to, and around children all day. So today's word is...
"Stop calling them Kids"
The word "kid" is technically a young goat, and sometimes my friends get onto me for calling my children (or any children for that matter) "kids." But I'm thinking this word is worming its way into our vernacular, possibly because the "children" takes seven characters (of a tweet for example), while "kid" only has three.
For Writers: Kid Lit
You may wonder (or you may not) why we often refer to Children's Literature by the kind of juvenile-sounding, certainly less proper abbreviation "Kid Lit." I'm just speculating here, but I think it has something to do with social media. The hashtag #KidLit is much easier to grasp as a concept then trying to shorten Children's Literature into a hashtag. What would it be? #ChildLit? #ChldrensLit? #ChsLit? I can't come up with a hashtag that would have the same impact while conserving characters. So #KidLit it is. And it's popular, too. Here are some examples of websites that utilize the hashtag:
For Readers: Kids in Books
Someone said somewhere that picture books should be windows and mirrors for kids. These books should provide windows to other cultures for children, but also be a reflection of themselves. Some believe that you can only have one or the other, but I think sometimes you can have both.
Here are books I think provide both a window and a mirror for their readers:
Here are some links that discuss how picture books are (or should be) windows and mirrors for readers.
And here's the most important link of this post!
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)