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A Word about Words


I love words! I love to read them, write them and I LOVE to be in conversation. At first glance they are a collection of letters, yet once formed, as if by magic, they have power. The power to heal or wound, bring joy or sorrow, teach or confuse.

As we learn language, words help us define and understand the world and ourselves. However we should not be limited by words, because there are always new words to be added.  So a person that holds the word timid close, might one day hear about brave, and choose to add it to their collection-to themselves.

So we need to help children and students collect words that will enrich their vocabulary, but also collect the right words to define themselves. Words that lead to positive lives and interactions. Not words that tear at the fabric of their soul. Click to tweet

Author: Holly Niner

Holly Niner is the author of No More Noisy Nights illustrated by Guy Wolek, and The Day I Ran Away illustrated by Isabella Ongaro. She has had numerous stories published in children’s magazines, and her previous picture books were award winners. Mr. Worry: A Story about OCD, received the 2005 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities Award, and I Can’t Stop: A Story about Tourette Syndrome, was the winner of the 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award and a 2005 Bank Street College of Education Best Book. Holly lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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