Why I Write for Kids When the World is Dark
by Elaine Kiely Kearns
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”- Willy Wonka, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl
Being a children’s writer is to be given permission to be Willy Wonka. Wonka, that clever, childlike, eccentric and benevolent character who owns the chocolate factory. To write children’s books is to disappear from the darkness of this world and immerse oneself in the wonder and joy of imagination. To write is to create a world for kids to escape. This is a splendid and important thing, especially today! For what books do we love as much as the one that enthralled us when we are kids? What books are more important to us? What books change our lives more than the ones that change us when we are children? I write to give kids wonder and I hope that they escape and imagine and dream and disappear into beautiful worlds when the real world is just too dark. And when that world is too dark when they grow up, I hope they turn around and write wonder for the next generation.