I write for preteens and for children who are just beginning to read. I have been blessed to write for both the Christian and general markets. As a parent and former teacher, I understand what engages young readers and what causes them to toss a book back on the shelf. In fact, the format for my devotions for preteens was inspired by the kinds of books that intrigued my students at the school book fair.
Kids need books that they can read themselves, so that they can explore God’s Word on their own. My prayer is that children will discover that Jesus is more amazing than we can imagine!
Four Reasons I Write for Beginning Readers
I love to write for kids! Those who are beginning readers are especially fun (and challenging) to write for. Here are four reasons I love to write for beginning readers.
- Beginning readers are just mastering the print word. They are super excited about being about to read stories and Bible truths for themselves.
- Beginning readers love to read for others. They will read a fiction story or a Bible storybook again and again – to anyone who will listen! What a privilege for an author to be a part of that witness through young voices.
- Beginning readers are school-aged. Whether they attend a public school, a Christian school, or are homeschooled, they are starting to be confronted with new ideas. Some of those do not reflect Bible teachings. Not only do beginning readers explore their faith, they begin to defend it through their reading and understanding of God’s Word.
- Beginning readers grow to be middle grade readers. I love writing for that age group, too. Read all about that below.
Do these characteristics sound like the beginning readers you know? What would you add?
Writing for Middle Grade
I also love to write for middle grade. First, let’s talk about what age group is considered “middle grade”. It’s the age group of kids who are 9-12 years old. (Think third-sixth graders.) You might be thinking that is a big age span. It is. That is one reason that I love to write for that group. It is a time when many things are changing in their lives. Here are a few that come to mind.
Independent Reading Skills
Middle grade readers can read independently. They have learned the basics and can pick up a book or magazine to read for themselves. What a privilege and a joy to write for a group that is exerting its independence in print word!
More Reading Choices
Along with the independent reading skills, come more choices in reading. The topics of the books vary greatly. It is a turn in the road when the reader (and his parents) must choose books that are appropriate over those than might steer the child in an unfavorable direction. Middle grade reading material is not always as innocent as most material for younger readers. I am humbled to have the opportunity to offer intriguing and Christ-honoring materials for middle grade readers.
Middle graders are under more peer pressure than when they were younger. Often they pick up ideas about how to handle situations from what they read. What a responsibility to help kids navigate the waters of interacting with peers who may or may not be Christians!
I seek your prayers as I sit down at my computer to write.