Frog and Toad . . . and Grace

Arnold Lobel, the author of the classic Frog and Toad books said this, and I love it . . .

To be making books for children is to be in a sort of state of grace.

He explained that writing children’s books allowed him the freedom and pleasure of being an adult but also the chance to partake in childlike wonder.*

True. In a state of grace, we are free. But I find a different meaning in that “state of grace.” Grace is unmerited favor. That’s what I feel I’ve received in the opportunity to write for kids.

My state of grace is not the freedom to enjoy the best of both worlds; it’s the privilege to create worlds and reach hearts and offer hope.

Making books for children is a gift, unmerited, and one I don’t take into my hands lightly.

Plus, it gives me an excuse to catch frogs.

*Seeking a State if Grace: the Art of Arnold Lobel

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