Reality competition shows tend to make me cringe. Aside from The Voice, I generally can’t watch them because the bad behaviour of the competitors puts me off. I know it’s totally contrived drama and I’m sure some of these people are lovely in real life, but I’m just over the whole “oooh look at that horrible person, let’s see them get their comeuppance.”
Maybe I’m just at the point where I want a little more kindness in my world.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a 4-part Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. I started watching because these kids were insanely good bakers. Plus their passion was so clear. They pretty much wore the same expressions as these kids on the surfboard above.
But I kept watching because of who they were as competitors. I saw one girl help a boy finish his dish because he’d hurt his finger and was having to work one-handed. I saw kids genuinely excited to see their fellow competitors progress and awed by the level of talent amongst their peer group.
In short, I saw all these fabulous behaviours of grace, passion, kindness, and good sportsmanship. And I was taken aback because I was so used to see the reverse from adults on most of these shows, and here were eleven-year-olds, totally genuine, and innately displaying these amazing qualities.
Which brings me to kids books. Writing for teens, I obviously read a lot about YA and MG (middle grade) and I love to read both. Yet, there is this persistant judgment about these types of stories. That they are somehow lesser.
Do the same people who judge these books as not being worthy of an adult’s time, also judge kids the same way? That these people are somehow lesser or more simplistic than their adult counterparts?
Maybe. And if that’s the case, I feel sorry for these adults. Because kids books are no different from kids themselves. Sure, there is bad behaviour, but there are also characters exhibiting marvellous creativity, heart, compassion, intelligence, and wonder.
And why would anyone want to miss out on all that?
What are some of your favourite kids books? Share!
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