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Can We Stop Kid Hunger In America?

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Is it possible to put an end to hunger--especially for kids--in America? I believe it is--if we all do our share. Each of us has a responsibility to the youth of today. As I said in my last blog, children have the right to food, clothing, a warm place to live, and love. There are numerous organizations who are trying to stop hunger in its tracks, and make things better for kids. 
One of these is Nokidhungry.org. They believe that hunger is a solvable problem if we "Share Our Strength . . . to ensure that every child has access to nutritious food where she lives, learns and plays."

Kids who are hungry have it tough. Hunger causes a lack of energy, and it keeps kids' minds on their stomachs instead of their school work, so they do poorly in school. They have less of chance of finishing school or going to college, and without an education, their chances of providing a better life for themselves and their families when they become adults lessens.

What can you do? Give to the…

WHO MAKES UP THE POOREST AGE GROUP IN AMERICA?

Children make up the poorest age group in America. In 2012, one out of every five kids (birth to 18 years old) lived in poverty.Poverty is defined "officially" as not having enough money to meet basic needs--food, clothing, housing. I say basic because every child deserves a roof over their head, food in their bellies, and clothes on their back. To me it is a basic right of humanity. However, for more than 16.1 million kids, one or more of these basic necessities is not available. 
There are many reasons for poverty--lack of jobs, low pay, and not enough education are just three of them. Families that find themselves below the poverty level often discover it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to change their situation and make things better for their kids.
As a kid growing up in a single parent household in the 50's and 60's, I knew poverty. My siblings and I lived it everyday. We knew hunger--not the rumbling tummy between breakfast and lunch hunger--but the …

CHILDREN IN POVERTY SERIES: Just the Facts

This is the first in a series of blogs about children in poverty. Just the facts . . .
It is estimated that there are over 72 million children in the United States under the age of eighteen. As a writer who is attempting to break into the Children's Literature market, that number sounds wonderful. The more kids, the more books. But . . . yes there is a but, a large portion of that 72 million kids live in poverty or low income families who probably cannot afford to buy a book. That is disconcerting. Not because they can't afford to purchase the books so many kid lit authors work so hard on, but because children are suffering. 
Writers portray kids from all walks of life, but do they really understand what it is to go to bed hungry, or move in the middle of the night because their parents can't pay the rent, or live with relatives who see them only as another burden, or cope with a society that looks down on them? In the coming weeks, I hope to shed some light on what these ki…

Through the eyes of a child

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Have you ever really looked into the eyes of a child? Have you seen the wonder and enchantment that lies behind the beginning of a smile? A frown? Excited laughter? Deep sadness?
If you have, you would understand why there are so many writers who dream of writing a book or a story that will capture a child's attention. The mind of a child is truly marvelous as it develops, calculates, creates, and evolves. To contribute even a small thought into the process is what most children's authors strive for. 
For me, it is not only the thought I hope to capture, but the imagination. As a child, reading was my window into other worlds. I could fly with Peter Pan to Never Never Land, sail with the Vikings as they conquered new lands, ride with the Cheyenne Indians across the plains, or take down a Mastodon in the icy wastelands of the Arctic. My imagination made me a better person, a better sister, and a better friend, and all because I loved to read.
Yes, there are other reasons that rea…