@gregpincus: TOPIC: What's "appropriate" in your work? Can middle graders swear? How scary in a picture book?

Any limits in YA? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:00 am

@BonnieAdamson: TOPIC: What's "appropriate" in your work? Can middle graders swear? How scary in a picture book? Any limits in YA? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:01 am

@Super_Christina: Good evening, friends. I think I shall meander in for the first time in a long time! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:01 am

@LaurelSnyder: Hey! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:01 am

@KatGirl_Studio: hm... good question. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:01 am

@PBWorkshop: Hoping to hang around for more of the chat tonight... this topic is irresistible. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:02 am

@LaurelSnyder: HOT DAMN! -->TOPIC: What's "appropriate" in your work? Can middle graders swear? How scary is a picture book? Any limits in YA? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:02 am

@BonnieAdamson: @LaurelSnyder wow--how delightfully inappropriate! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:03 am

@LaurelSnyder: I looooooooooove the question, and my answer is: CONTEXT! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:03 am

@JoWhittemore: For middle grade, you can get away with "Crap" and closed mouth kissing. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:03 am

@Super_Christina: Ooohh iiinteresting. Is this coming off of that stupid that wanted to "rate" books, like movies? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:03 am

@RobotsAndThings: Hmm...depends on the story for swearing. So far, though, no firemouth kids in my stories #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:03 am

@LaurelSnyder: @JoWhittemore I think anything goes. It just has to count, and be relevant, and real. Kids experience EVERYTHING. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:04 am

@PBWorkshop: Could I just offer the opinion that picture book is not an age range... it's a format, and can span infant to adult/near adult. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:04 am

@EMKokie: Hi chatters! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:04 am

@karensandlerYA: Writing YA I want to avoid the ick factor. Not ick in terms of gore, but ick in terms of sex. I don't think teens want details. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:04 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @Super_Christina who what? I missed that. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:04 am

@AudryT: RT @gregpincus: TOPIC: What's "appropriate"? Can middle graders swear? How scary in a picture book? Any limits in YA? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@Super_Christina: @LaurelSnyder I want to agree, but I don't know. I know a girl who had an abortion at 12. I don't know if anyone would pub that. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@goraina: I write middle-grade, and was asked to remove a reference to PMS from my last graphic novel. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@RobotsAndThings: @super_christina Isn't there already a rating system for books---at least manga do already. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@JoWhittemore: @LaurelSnyder It also depends on the publisher. That really is the rule with the MIX books. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @karensandlerYA I have the same exact opinion. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:05 am

@karensandlerYA: @Super_Christina Maybe if it's YA and the character had an abortion at 12. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@ixtumea: Interesting topic considering all the discussions about whether Hunger Games was appropiate for kids or not. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@ixtumea: I ended up reading with 10 yr old The Hunger Games and we discussed. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@BonnieAdamson: @ixtumea NOT for MG & below, IMO #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@RosanneParry: I did a post over at the Mixed Up Files blog on swearing in MG http://t.co/CLwrtAzf Conclusion? Ok sometimes if you're careful. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@RobotsAndThings: @EMkokie Hello! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@AudryT: I don't think all teens want the same thing. Do all adults? RT @karensandlerYA: I dont think teens want details. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@gregpincus: A related question is "do you think about this when you're writing?" Or do you write, then worry about age range later? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:06 am

@LaurelSnyder: @Super_Christina That would be YA, I bet. The publisher would ask you to age her up. Or it'd be adult. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@sylvie_shaffer: @LaurelSnyder @jowhittemore have had pregnant MSers. Closed mouth kissing didn't knock 'em up. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@PBWorkshop: Great post on this very topic recently: http://t.co/seBzEFka Very

detailed discussion to check later. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@karensandlerYA: @KatGirl_Studio The kind of detail I used to put into love scenes in my adult romances would totally gross out a teen. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@Super_Christina: profanity study: http://t.co/wNFDlIfz #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@mrsjezell: If I'd share it w/ my personal kids (ages 5 & 8) w/o reservation I'm confident in sharing & being able to answer ?s. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@ixtumea: He told me kids were telling him it wasn't right for his age. I disagreed. Depends on the child. I'd recommend reading with #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@Super_Christina: Well, a news article ABOUT it at least. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@LaurelSnyder: @gregpincus I think about whether things fit my book. Not about age. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:07 am

@LaurelSnyder: I just cut depression era hookers out of a book. Not b/c they were offensive, but because they distracted. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@RobotsAndThings: @goraina just saw @Inkybat post about your new book! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@karensandlerYA: @AudryT You're right, not all teens want the same thing. But I think in general teens wouldn't be ready for fully fleshed sex. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@MGManor: I think certain swear words are viewed as worse than others. YA can books can get away with more than MG #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @karensandlerYA I'll have to take your word for it, I've never read adult romance. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@ixtumea: But then again I knew teachers who said Junie B. Jones wasn't right for third graders as the language wasn't right. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@Super_Christina: @LaurelSnyder But the story isn't the same if she's aged up, or flashing back. But it still happens to kids. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:08 am

@ixtumea: That the language would teach third graders bad grammar/speaking. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:09 am

@karensandlerYA: I also think that what one teen can handle would be sort of traumatic for another. Heck, I had a hard time with the HG violence. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:09 am

@RobotsAndThings: @ixtumea Hunger Games is not much dif than Potter. Battle Royale on the other hand ... #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:09 am

@Super_Christina: I mean, it's not a story that I want to write. But it exists in the universe, even if lots of people don't want to think it does #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:09 am

@AudryT: @karensandlerYA I've found that varies from teen to teen and that there are fewer generalizations than adults want there to be. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@ixtumea: I read outloud a chapter a night with 10 yr old. Now if he loved the violence/deaths, then I would have said 'no'. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@LaurelSnyder: I want to throw the Canning Season out there. It's kind of a trump card on the topic. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@JoWhittemore: @sylvie_shaffer @laurelsnyder Oh, I totally agree. I actually knew a girl whose sister was pregnant at 12. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@karensandlerYA: I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to using swear words in books. Particularly s**t and f**k. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@RosanneParry: @gregpincus I ask myself, is it true to the characters experience? is it presented in an emotionally manageable way? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@AudryT: @karensandlerYA When I edited manga, we got a ton of fan mail from wide ranging ages and what each kid wanted varied wildly. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@ixtumea: But I'm pretty outspoken/liberal in my views next to some others. Really

depends on the child. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@PBWorkshop: Bottom line question, at any level: Does it move the story, is it essential? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:10 am

@KateMessner: When I'm revising & find swearing in my MG draft, I ask myself, "Does the book work without this?" Almost always, answer is yes. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:11 am

@ixtumea: Now what bothers me? The f-bomb being in the book just to be there for shock value. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:11 am

@JoWhittemore: BUT if you're going for a certain brand appeal (wholesome, clean fun), you have to stick with it. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:11 am

@ixtumea: @KateMessner My editor told me the very same thing about using profanity in my YA. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:11 am

@karensandlerYA: @AudryT Yeah, you're probably right. Full disclosure: I don't feel comfortable writing those scenes for teens. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:11 am

@TLT16: @JoWhittemore @sylvie_shaffer @laurelsnyder I have a 14 yr old patron with baby. Happens younger all the time. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:12 am

@ixtumea: @TLT16 Son's birthmother was 14 when she had him. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:12 am

@PBWorkshop: I keep throwing this out there and haven't had opinions back: target age for There Is No Dog? Or for Room? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:12 am

@LaurelSnyder: @KateMessner But then-- I had to fight for characters drinking. PARENT characters. That's relevant to kids! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:12 am

@RosanneParry: @ixtumea Or she could decide it's the perfect opportunity to discuss a point of grammar that might not come up otherwise. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:12 am

@ixtumea: @RosanneParry That's what I would have done. But then again I read the whole series to my first graders, who loved them. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@Bec_AS: @karensandlerYA Plus, sometimes it's just better left to the imagination. #KidLitChat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@karensandlerYA: The kids my boys hung out with when they were teens didn't tend to use the f-bomb in my presence. My sons avoided it too. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@LaurelSnyder: @TLT16 I recently did a big survey, asking kids what they want in a chapter book." The kids DO want this! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@KateMessner: @LaurelSnyder Very much so - and such an issue in many kids' lives. I think that's different. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@TLT16: @PBWorkshop I haven't been able tonFinish THERE IS NO DOG but want to. Not sure where she is going. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@JoWhittemore: @TLT16 @sylvie_shaffer @laurelsnyder Isn't that crazy? I hate to know they're into sex that young because my nephew's that young #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@karensandlerYA: So I guess I'm living in a little rose-colored world when it comes to foul language in my books. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:13 am

@ixtumea: I asked teens at son's satellite school what they wanted. Lighter YAs, romances, and less hard core stuff. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:14 am

@Super_Christina: @PBWorkshop There is No Dog is DEFINITELY upper YA. Like, Juniors and Seniors. And older. Reads like an adult book, imo. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:14 am

@LaurelSnyder: When I was a sixth grader, I knew people having sex, and certainly cussing up a storm. There have to be books that don't ignore. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:14 am

@ixtumea: But then again I know teens that love to ask me for the paranormal romances. Their parents ask me how they are language wise. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:14 am

@RosanneParry: @KateMessner Yup! A swear word in my draft is usually pointing me to a poorly written scene--an invitation to do better. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@LaurelSnyder: @KateMessner Well, or like-- what if a 11 year old character was struggling with her peers, and how fast they were growing up? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @ixtumea interesting. At the event I just got back from all the teens seemed to want action romances. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@ixtumea: @LaurelSnyder Kids have built in BS monitors. They know when they're being preached too or spoken down too. I agree with you. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@PBWorkshop: Self-selection reigns- kids who start and don't feel right with it would walk away- given a choice. "Assigned" books...doubtful. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@KateMessner: I think there's a huge difference between MG and YA - MG is more likely to be shared aloud in the classroom. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@LaurelSnyder: I don't think most MG should have cussing. I just think making a "rule" is dangerous, and dull. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:15 am

@ixtumea: @LaurelSnyder I think there needs to be more books that reflect what teens/tweens are going through without being judging. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:16 am

@TLT16: #kidlitchat so many variables in language. Every family feels differently.
May 30, 2012, 1:16 am

@LaurelSnyder: (all this said, my books are pretty tame) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:16 am

@ixtumea: @LaurelSnyder I donated a YA gay romance to my library and librarian thanked me saying there were teens who wanted them. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:16 am

@PBWorkshop: @TLT16 I think I'd have loved it as a teen, but many could be quite disturbed- very multi-layered/philosophical #ThereIsNoDog #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:16 am

@karensandlerYA: @LaurelSnyder You can allude to a forbidden word being spoken in the text without actually have that word spelled out. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:17 am

@ixtumea: @KatGirl_Studio I asked a bunch of teens at the school what they wanted. They were very verbal on this. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:17 am

@KateMessner: @RosanneParry I struggled with this in EYE OF THE STORM b/c tornado scenes were so intense. Really had to work on language. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:17 am

@AudryT: Books can vary, just like people do. What kids & teens want -- and what they're ready for -- is different for every reader. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:17 am

@RosanneParry: @LaurelSnyder @KateMessner Huh? I got no fight about teen and adult brothers drinking. & we write for the same age same house. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:17 am

@LaurelSnyder: @karensandlerYA And in some cases, that would suffice. But shock has a place, and I'm okay with it, as needed. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:18 am

@thereadingzone: I think that it's important to remember that w/in MG and YA there's a wide range of readers. Upper YA, those between MG/YA, etc #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:18 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @ixtumea where are you located? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@LaurelSnyder: @RosanneParry It wasn't a "fight" but a conversation about whether we needed it. I'm just saying, there's instinct to question. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@AudryT: IMO kids can be as gullible to BS as adults. Depends on the individual. RT @ixtumea @LaurelSnyder Kids have built in BS monitors #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@Super_Christina: @PBWorkshop Omg, I know. I used to work for PYRG-- I read it and my first thought was "We're going to get in so much trouble." #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@TLT16: Sometimes there is no better word to express the intensity of anger than a cuss word. They have a known meaning behind them. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@ixtumea: @KatGirl_Studio Southern Ca. Home of the liberal #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:19 am

@matt_janacone: RT @KateMessner: I think there's a huge difference between MG and YA - MG is more likely to be shared aloud in the classroom. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@ixtumea: @AudryT The kids that have been through a lot? Yeah, they have built in BS monitors. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@LaurelSnyder: Also-- I love to cuss. In case ANYONE WONDERED. <refrains> #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@PBWorkshop: How about current text-shorthand for off-limits words- Like the mom who thought WTF meant Why That's Fantastic! Used often! :P #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@EMKokie: @thereadingzone I agree. I think issue comes up b/c people think YA/MG should = appropriate for any reader in target age range #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@_jesse_andrews_: @LaurelSnyder no come on! let's hear some good ones! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@JoWhittemore: And you can always circumvent the cursing issue by inventing your own swear words (a la @jamesdashner) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:20 am

@LaurelSnyder: As for PBs, I think the same way-- the book should define itself. There aren't enough books about death for kids. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@RosanneParry: @KateMessner Yes & for some kids emotional intensity/physical peril are more problematic than cussing & kissing by a mile! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@ixtumea: What gets me is those who complain about how appropriate a book is or not and haven't even read the bk. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @ixtumea weird I'm in Northern CA and the teens wanted action romances full of danger, nothing contemporary either. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@LaurelSnyder: @_jesse_andrews_ OOOOH! Look who came to the party. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@ixtumea: @KatGirl_Studio I'm from Sacramento. When I was there they liked edgier stuff. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:21 am

@KateMessner: Off topic...but I'm hosting a virtual summer writing camp for teachers/librarians.Would love guest authors! http://t.co/jcWYqMR5 #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@TLT16: @_jesse_andrews_ Side note: reviewed Earl on my blog. Made me LOL - not many books have. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@SuzDC: RT @KateMessner: I think there's a huge difference between MG and YA MG is more likely to be shared aloud in the classroom. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@thereadingzone: @EMKokie Exactly. I've taught those "betweeners"- 6th grdrs too young for most YA but too old for MG, and 9th grdrs on the cusp. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@ixtumea: I tell parents to see what's out there. I've had parents ask me for my opinions on books their tween/teens want. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@sylvie_shaffer: .@thereadingzone yes. Kids always read up, MG audience dips all the way to 4th. I would like to think they're somewhat innocent #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@SuzDC: RT @LaurelSnyder: @KateMessner But then-- I had to fight for characters drinking. PARENT characters. That's relevant to kids! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:22 am

@ixtumea: @thereadingzone Depends on the child. I have a 5th grader and it's interesting what I thought might not be right? Was ok. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @ixtumea ya, I agree that's what i hear when i do events there. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@PBWorkshop: @LaurelSnyder Have you read SCAR? http://t.co/dZpgkvkz Amazing, real, strong. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@RosanneParry: @LaurelSnyder Ha! I can never think of a good cuss word when I want one. So embarrassing! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@EMKokie: @karensandlerYA IMO, it's a writer needs to know where they are comfortable - so long as true to her characters. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@ixtumea: @KatGirl_Studio I'm from South Sacto next to the Executive airport. The

harder core part of the city. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:23 am

@AudryT: @Brent_Watson41 Because a ratings system wouldn't work. What should be rated and by what standards is subjective, not universal. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@bkuhl2you: #kidlitchat I teach 7th grade, and I had a parent question a summer reading book once. Said HUNGER GAMES was too violent for 12-13 yr olds
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@LaurelSnyder: @KateMessner I'd love to be involved, if there's a way for me to do so. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@ixtumea: I admit I swear in both English/Spanish. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@Super_Christina: @RosanneParry You can come sit by me and I will whisper them into your ear. I have a good library of them. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@Jennasthings: @LaurelSnyder @KateMessner #kidlitchat I so appreciate this conversation. As a teacher in a private (cont) http://t.co/Qq0C1skq
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@thereadingzone: I teach teens from entire county-wide range of bckgrnds. We need books for the innocent 9th grdrs + those w/ difficult bckgrnds #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@_jesse_andrews_: here's what i ******ing think: **************************************************************** #kidlitchat #kidblankinglitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@LaurelSnyder: @SuzDC ESPECIALLY TO MY OWN KIDS. <drinks> #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@DianaIlinca: ok. my site is officially http://t.co/49BoQMCh. it may take up to an hour to be live. #yalitchat #yalit #books #kidlit #fantasy #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:24 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @ixtumea My friends live there so i do a few events there. Mostly I'm in The Bay Area though. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@thereadingzone: @AudryT @Brent_Watson41 Exactly. It's a slippery path that would lead to moving too many books out of the classroom and libs. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@ixtumea: I homeschool my son through a charter school and I'm around lots of kids/teens. Interesting to hear their feedback. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@JoWhittemore: @KateMessner If you need help in the humor genre, let me know! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@Brent_Watson41: @AudryT Nothing subjective about dropping an F-bomb. You either do or you don't. Some parents might like to know. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@RosanneParry: @Brent_Watson41 There are sites that do exactly this kind of rating. Can't think of the name but those systems are easy to find. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@NeelySSimpson: @LaurelSnyder agree! "There aren't enough books for kids about death." Someone get on that, please. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 Because it would lead directly to censorship. Miss the point if simply count words, check off things w/o context #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@goraina: @hopelarson @ginger_curls (The topic in #kidlitchat tonight is censoring & off-limits topics & language in MG & YA.)
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@thereadingzone: As a teacher, I think it's vital that I know my kids and the bks available. Making personal recommendations helps avoid issues. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:25 am

@chorkie: If I were an author, I think the question I would have to ask myself, would I want my child to read my book? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:26 am

@bkuhl2you: #kidlitchat In middle school (which could be either YA or MG), it's not unusual for kids to seek out books with swearing or "naughty" parts
May 30, 2012, 1:26 am

@LaurelSnyder: @NeelySSimpson I'm TRYING SO HARD. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:26 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 Teachers/parents can read review. And kids self-select. Content above them goes over head or they put books back #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:26 am

@thereadingzone: @ixtumea I have a 7th grd sistr + I taught 6th graders. Vastly different backgrounds, so different bks are appropriate for each. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:26 am

@TLT16: Apparently it is okay if you just use a variation of Shiz or Chiz (see iCarly) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@RosanneParry: @LaurelSnyder @KateMessner Me Too! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@thereadingzone: I read Flowers in the Attic as a middle schooler and I like to think I turned out ok. :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@LaurelSnyder: @chorkie And because families are so different, there can't be one answer. Which is why we need a range of books. #upwithcussing #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@Super_Christina: I just don't understand people who are afraid of certain words. I mean, I wouldn't cuss out an 8 year old, but... #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@Bec_AS: @bkuhl2you Not unusual, but not the rule. #KidLitChat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@RichardNewsome: @KateMessner #kidlitchat Define 'swearing'. As an Australian, I was astounded to find that words regarded as benign here raise hackles in US
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@LaurelSnyder: @thereadingzone and we let you think that, honey... <pats> #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@NeelySSimpson: @LaurelSnyder you've got a buyer, right here. I'm sure that will mean a lot to publishers ;) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@SuzDC: I'd luv to see authors with kids aged 7-18 write more w/topics that are more relevant to kids today, not 25 yo single authors #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 Well, to be honest, then parents need to read & set guidelines for their kids. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:27 am

@JayeRobinBrown: What the fudge are y'all talking about up in here? #kidlitchat #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:28 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 And for many kids, a rating system would be advertising - lol. Reviews can and do point out content, language. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:28 am

@LaurelSnyder: @TLT16 I loathe iCarly. ANd if *my* kid came home with that I'd say, "That's the same word. I know what your intent its" #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:28 am

@JoWhittemore: @LaurelSnyder Baxter the Pig Who Wanted to Sit Shiva. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:28 am

@thereadingzone: @SuzDC I haven't noticed an issue w/ bk topics being inappropriate for teens today. Some teens? Sure. But not all. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@Super_Christina: @SuzDC Ouch. Can't I know what's relevant to kids today, without having them myself? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@ixtumea: @thereadingzone Very true. I'm just surprised at what bks I thought weren't right for son are ok after all. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@KateMessner: @RosanneParry @laurelsnyder Would LOVE yr help! Can be w/guest post or just Q and A/cheering/offering feedback to tchrs. Thanks! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@PBWorkshop: RT @LaurelSnyder: @chorkie ...families are so different, ...cant be one answer. ... we need a range of books. >FREE TO CHOOSE! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@thereadingzone: @EMKokie @Brent_Watson41 Exactly! Parents should be aware of what their kids are reading and what is out there. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@AudryT: Gah. Tweetchat went wacko on me. Can't follow the #kidlitchat without it.
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@LaurelSnyder: But! BUT! These words are tricks. What are we trying to police? If the intent is the fbomb, & a kid screams, "FRACK!" ??? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@CDaleyAuthor: I think some is fine if it's true to the character/story. But excessive swearing can come off as disingenuous, imho. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@SuzDC: where are parent MG/YA authors struggling w/a drunk teen, a 13yo cutting child, pediatric cancer, ADHD, 14yo caught having sex #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@LaurelSnyder: @JoWhittemore HA #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:29 am

@Brent_Watson41: @EMKokie I teach 8th grade, and many of my parents don't really care what their kids read....as long as they read. ;-) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:30 am

@chorkie: We need more nf pic bks going to the hospital, explaining what is going to happen. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:30 am

@thereadingzone: @LaurelSnyder Haha, it's certainly up for debate! I won't deny that! I had no issue move from Flowers to Anne of Green Gables. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:30 am

@SuzDC: verbal and physical bullying in k, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades? these are real convos I'm having with my kids this past year #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:30 am

@LaurelSnyder: We want to protect kids from harsh world, but encoding & obscuring doesn't make sense to me. I want Half Magic AND Hunger Games. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@TLT16: @Super_Christina @suzdc If you spend time with them. Everyone must spend time with their audience to get voice right I think. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 Excellent. They have chosen to trust their kids to selfselect. :) Those that do care, can screen. :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@ixtumea: I know that third/fourth graders are concerned about bullying and even suicide. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@RosanneParry: @RichardNewsome @KateMessner This is part of what makes it tricky, swearing is keenly related to culture & class. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@PBWorkshop: Same for Canada>RT @RichardNewsome: @KateMessner> Define swearing. As an Australian, words as benign here raise hackles in US #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@LaurelSnyder: @thereadingzone I still read both. :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@thereadingzone: @SuzDC Jordan Sonnenblick comes to mind for a lot of those issues! His books detail many of those problems from a teen persp. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@ixtumea: Like I mentioned before I'm around tons of kids/teens since I've homeschooled son through charter school. What I hear? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:31 am

@PBWorkshop: Lots of targeted series do that. RT @chorkie: We need more nf pic bks going to the hospital, explaining what is going to happen. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@TLT16: @ixtumea New story the other day about a 7 yr old committing suicide #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@ixtumea: Even read just amazes me. Things you wouldn't think kids this age are concerned about. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@RichardNewsome: @ktquimby #kidlitchat It's odd where teachers are ok to read a book to a class here while in US some reviewers have decried 'foul launguage'
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@EMKokie: @CDaleyAuthor I agree. Content and language should always serve the story/character. If it doesn't, why have it? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@ixtumea: Also when you hear that tweens are messing around on the internet and you don't know what's going on? Believe it. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@LaurelSnyder: @TLT16 I know someone (vaguely) with a suicidal 9 year old. Horrible. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:32 am

@thereadingzone: @SuzDC and a MG perspective. He writes for both audiences. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@Super_Christina: @TLT16 Well, duh. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@ixtumea: Let's just say we had a recent experience with son that opened my eyes wide. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@RosanneParry: @SuzDC I bet most authors are over 30. It takes a long time to learn the craft and break into the market. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@gregpincus: @mytweendom @AudryT Yeah, it's contextual as much as anything. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@RichardNewsome: @RosanneParry @KateMessner #kidlitchat. Swearing is really about the emotion that underlies it. They're only words, after all. Goshdarnit.
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@ixtumea: So why shouldn't we have books that address these issues for MG? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:33 am

@ixtumea: Just because we don't want to discuss it doesn't mean it's not there. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@EMKokie: @SuzDC Hmmm...so, can only men write for boys? Be careful about assuming classification = insight or talent or accuracy. ;) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@thereadingzone: When I taught MS I dealt w/ suicide,depression, sex, drinking, drugs, parties w/o parents, peer pressure.This was 11/12 yr olds! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@_jesse_andrews_: i agree w @LaurelSnyder that you can't have hard rules abt swearing--you have to evaluate case-by-case, every time. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@ixtumea: Let's just this past month--wowza. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@LaurelSnyder: I'm reminded of Tree Grows in Brooklyn, how her teacher made her cross out the word "drunk" and write her dad was "sick." #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:34 am

@thereadingzone: Some of my MSers wanted to read to escape + some wanted to read to find others experiencing the same issues. There's rm for both #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:35 am

@ixtumea: It doesn't mean all kids have to read those books but at least have them around for those who are dealing with this issue. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:35 am

@EMKokie: @LaurelSnyder Yes, and books for all kinds of readers. Because different readers will take different experience from same book. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:35 am

@LaurelSnyder: I don't think swearing belongs in most MG, but when we establish hard rules, we're censoring before a book exists. Suffocating. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:36 am

@bkuhl2you: @thereadingzone #kidlitchat Sounds rough, but typical. Kids are little people, and people do these things, so why not kids?
May 30, 2012, 1:36 am

@ixtumea: @LaurelSnyder I agree with you. Very suffocating. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:36 am

@ginsuz: RT @thereadingzone: I read Flowers in the Attic as a middle schooler and I like to think I turned out ok. :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:36 am

@thereadingzone: MT @ixtumea: It doesnt mean all kids have to read those books but at least have them around for those who are dealing w/ issue. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:37 am

@RosanneParry: @LaurelSnyder Part of the trouble is that sweeter stories get lost in the hype over harsher ones. Got a favorite "sweet story?"#kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:37 am

@PBWorkshop: Might be interesting to do a NF PB about the word origins of various "expressions"- lots on slang, poop, etc.- none on swearing. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:37 am

@EMKokie: Books about unfamiliar issues/experiences can also help build empathy, analytical thinking, help kids make thoughtful choices ;) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:37 am

@JoWhittemore: A lot of times kids gloss over certain words/sexy situations if they're not into that yet. It may not even register. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@ixtumea: So yes, I'm both an author and a parent of a tween. Tweens now grow up much faster than we did. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@CDaleyAuthor: @EMKokie Yep yep. I remember critiquing a ms for YA and every other word was f---. Hard to read and didn't add to the story. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@MGManor: @thereadingzone Agreed! Adults books are the same. What your goal in writing matters: entertainment vs subject. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@thereadingzone: MT @EMKokie: Books abt unfamiliar issues/experiences can help

build empathy,analytical thinking,help kids mk thoughtful choices #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@PBWorkshop: Had 7yo student- tried- years ago! more likely now.RT @LaurelSnyder: @TLT16 I know someone (vaguely) with a suicidal 9 year old. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:38 am

@TLT16: Reader's Rights #kidlitchat http://t.co/XCvjclka
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@sylvie_shaffer: ME TOO.“@thereadingzone: I read Flowers in the Attic as a middle schooler and I like to think I turned out ok. :) #kidlitchat”
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@JoWhittemore: Like me belting "Greased Lightning" around the house when I was 10. What kind of wagon was it??? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@SuzDC: I feel if you're going to write authentically for kids you need to be around them on a regular basis, either through work/family #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@carepatti: RT @KateMessner: I think there's a huge difference between MG and YA MG is more likely to be shared aloud in the classroom. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@gregpincus: @ixtumea I'd just add that you're the parent of a tween in a relatively urban area. As always, kids "grow up" at dif paces #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:39 am

@ixtumea: Right now I'm seeing a teen rebel big time after leaving home. Her mother is ultra conservative. So yeah, she's like a kid #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@CDaleyAuthor: @thereadingzone Yes, younger kids are experiencing a lot of stuff nowadays. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@ixtumea: in a candystore. Reading all the stuff her mom said weren't right for her. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@TLT16: @RosanneParry @laurelsnyder My famnJust read ONE AND ONLY IVAN together. So good. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@EMKokie: RT @JoWhittemore A lot of times kids glossover certain words/sexy situations if they're not into that yet, may not even register #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@Nicmedia123: RT @TLT16: Reader's Rights #kidlitchat http://t.co/XCvjclka
May 30, 2012, 1:40 am

@ixtumea: @gregpincus I grew up in the barrio. I live in a very nice affluent area but there are pockets of poverty out here too. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@thereadingzone: @gregpincus I taught kids in an upper-middle class area. You'd be shocked at how fast most grew up. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@Super_Christina: @SuzDC I think you are way off. Countless awesome writers for kids have been childless. Like Sendak. And Seuss. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@ixtumea: @gregpincus I taught in a East LA school where 2nd graders were groomed to push drugs. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@_jesse_andrews_: extremely R-rated riff by louis ck about the problem with tidy euphemisms for swear words: http://t.co/Kw26V3G1 #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@CDaleyAuthor: That's probably why some kids turn to books; reading helps them forget for a little while the messes they have to deal with #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:41 am

@ixtumea: @gregpincus And I see both ultra conservative families and more liberal ones. It's a big mix. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:42 am

@ixtumea: @Super_Christina Wow, that was like some telling me I couldn't teach as I didn't have kids. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:42 am

@PBWorkshop: @carepatti This takes us back to the wide-range of target readers for MGH, right? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:43 am

@RosanneParry: @thereadingzone @gregpincus And yet some kids grow up on farms and in little towns where no one locks doors or swears in public. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:43 am

@ixtumea: @RosanneParry OMG, my one uncle lived on a farm and he had the saltiest mouth around. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:44 am

@gregpincus: @thereadingzone @ixtumea We're all saying the same things. But there are differences across the US and across the world. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:44 am

@thereadingzone: There's room for all kinds of books out there. Ex- I don't understand why 50 Shades is so darn popular, but to each their own. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:44 am

@ixtumea: @gregpincus I just wished they'd show this when they do their comments on what kids what. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:44 am

@PBWorkshop: @CDaleyAuthor And the reverse- some sheltered kids crave the world they know is out there-. Reading grows us in our own ways. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:45 am

@ixtumea: @AudryT I'm seeing right now what happens when you do that to a teen. Let's just say parent isn't too happy. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:45 am

@JayeRobinBrown: @RosanneParry @thereadingzone @gregpincus I live in a very rural area and kids swear - for sure middle school and high school #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:45 am

@thereadingzone: I don't think I hv to worry abt my Ss reading 50 Shades, but I guarantee many are reading steamier (and better written) fanfic! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:45 am

@RosanneParry: @ixtumea True and yet some of the most gentlemanly men I know are ranchers and farmers. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@jenniferchapman: RT @ixtumea: What gets me is those who complain about how

appropriate a book is or not and haven't even read the bk. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@LaurelSnyder: @PBWorkshop That's true. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@EMKokie: Books often focus on the non-public lives of kids & teens. Need to let characters exist as they would in non-public settings. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @thereadingzone yes I agree. They even had piles of it at Costco. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@LaurelSnyder: @PBWorkshop And it can be a safe, smart way for them to explore it. And PARENTS can be part of convo. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@thereadingzone: @gregpincus @ixtumea There is no one child or one type. That's why we need lots of books, written in different ways! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:46 am

@TLT16: @JayeRobinBrown @rosanneparry @thereadingzone I am amazed how much they talk about sex!! That's what I learn at lunch. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:47 am

@CDaleyAuthor: @PBWorkshop Indeed! :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:47 am

@EMKokie: Kids, like adults, read for all kinds of reasons. When we think books need to only show model behavior we are missing the point. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:47 am

@ixtumea: @thereadingzone Very true! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:47 am

@JayeRobinBrown: RT @EMKokie: Books often focus on the non-public lives of kids & teens. Let characters exist as would in non-public settings. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:48 am

@coachhays64: @Super_Christina @SuzDC Anyone who observes (looks & listens) to target age group's behavior or does the research can write it. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:48 am

@gregpincus: @ixtumea @thereadingzone @JayeRobinBrown It's the dif between Disney Channel, Nick, and Cartoon Network. Same ages. Dif tones. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:49 am

@CDaleyAuthor: @EMKokie Very much agree :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:49 am

@JayeRobinBrown: @TLT16 @rosanneparry @thereadingzone Yep. I teach high school. Sometimes I have to say "Hellooooo, adult in the room!" #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:49 am

@PBWorkshop: Does the saltiness of our language indicate the quality of our humanity/character? especially with cultural differences? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:49 am

@EMKokie: @thereadingzone Yes! And there need to be books "appropriate" for all kinds of readers, at all kinds of interests and levels. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:49 am

@LaurelSnyder: @PBWorkshop Oh, dear. My stars! I hope not. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:50 am

@PBWorkshop: @LaurelSnyder Absolutely- books allow parent/child conversations that wouldn't happen without them. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:50 am

@JayeRobinBrown: @PBWorkshop Wow that's a loaded question. I'd say that's all in the mindset of the reader. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:50 am

@EMKokie: One of areas in need is books with more mature interest but lower reading level for those tweens/teens struggling w/reading. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:50 am

@thereadingzone: @JayeRobinBrown Oh, I have to say that waaaay too often. Sometimes, there's no filter! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:50 am

@coachhays64: @EMKokie Agree. And sometimes kids and adults read something just for the heck of it; no agenda, no motives, no demographics.#kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:51 am

@EMKokie: @thereadingzone @JayeRobinBrown LOL - means their comfortable with you, right? :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:51 am

@TLT16: @EMKokie Like Orca Soundings and Bluford Series maybe? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:52 am

@JayeRobinBrown: @EMKokie Yes. The art room is safe. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:53 am

@PBWorkshop: Does this all have a pretty WASP-ish presumption about it? Considering the way US culture is viewed by many other cultures? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:53 am

@EMKokie: @LaurelSnyder Yes! Books can lead to discussions before a kid faces an issue, help then think it through before facing it! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:53 am

@Brent_Watson41: @TLT16 My students, who are struggling readers, love the Bluford Series. #GoodStuff #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:53 am

@coachhays64: @PBWorkshop More to do with time/place/setting than humanity/character? Teen may cuss in locker room but not in class or church. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:55 am

@ChloeKillen: @PBWorkshop What do you mean? I only just joined the convo so not sure what topic is. Sounds like an interesting discussion. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:55 am

@PBWorkshop: @EMKokie email me later- I have some lists/pubs with that focus. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:55 am

@StephScottIL: @PBWorkshop can you clarify what you mean? Would love to hear yr thoughts on culture in YA/MG #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:55 am

@EMKokie: @TLT16 yeah, I think so. Seems more and more studies show reading skills improve if the books are interesting. :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:55 am

@StephScottIL: @coachhays64 @Super_Christina I agree; main point is to not talk

down to age group or try too hard with slang. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:56 am

@BonnieAdamson: @ChloeKillen TOPIC: What's "appropriate" in your work? Can middle graders swear? How scary in a picture book? Any limits in YA? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:56 am

@JayeRobinBrown: @PBWorkshop Ooooh. Zing. But that is an interesting point. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:56 am

@PBWorkshop: @coachhays64 That's my experience- they have internal awareness of place/suitability most of the time. Deserve credit for that. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:56 am

@ChloeKillen: @BonnieAdamson Thanks! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:57 am

@RobotsAndThings: Totally agree @StephScottIL: I agree; main point is to not talk down to age group or try too hard with slang. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:58 am

@Brent_Watson41: @EMKokie Are you sure? I thought boring-ass books written a million years ago like Ethan Frome improved reading skills. ;) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:58 am

@PBWorkshop: @StephScottIL Just thinking "uncovered heads of girls" is scandalous to some, while sexting is appalling to others/ or not! #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:58 am

@Super_Christina: @SuzDC Ellen Levine, Kate DiCamillo, Margaret Wise Brown, the Reys of Curious George-- all childfree. #kidlitchat

May 30, 2012, 1:58 am

@EMKokie: @PBWorkshop My writing plate is full. But I threw it out there as examples of "appropriate" not always scary content ;) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:59 am

@PBWorkshop: @ChloeKillen You're up at all hours! What time is it there? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:59 am

@Super_Christina: @SuzDC Not counting classics like HC Andersen, Lewis Carroll, JM Barrie... #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 1:59 am

@EMKokie: @Brent_Watson41 LOL - I know, shocking to discover kids will struggle to read interesting, relevant books... :) #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 2:00 am

@PBWorkshop: @EMKokie Thought you were looking for titles for kids' books with YA content, lower level reading- have those, if needed. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 2:00 am

@ChloeKillen: @PBWorkshop Haha. It is noon here. Not too early at all. What time is it for you? #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 2:01 am

@BonnieAdamson: My clock is chiming bedtime--thanks for a thought-provoking chat, people. #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 2:01 am

@EMKokie: @Super_Christina Yes! And the list goes on and on... #kidlitchat
May 30, 2012, 2:01 am

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