Why I Write For Kids by Tori Higa

We asked each of the 14 authors on our current roster a variation of the question, Why do you write children’s books? and we loved their answers. We think you will too! So, we’re sharing them on our blog all summer. If you missed any of the previous posts you can read them right here. We love the beauty of storytelling and seeing how books can impact our own lives and the lives of the children our writing impacts too. We hope you enjoy reading the authors’ personal reflections, and encourage you to get comfy, grab a glass of sweet tea, and be inspired.

I am inspired to write for kids because I want to point them to Christ in a creative way.  I think the combination of words and pictures speaks volumes to kids.  I can remember as a child, pouring over my picture books and studying them for hours on end.  As a parent, I have had the delight of seeing my own children do the same thing.  I often find my nine-year-old daughter under the covers of her bed with a pile of picture books (even though it is waaay past her bed-time).

Kids have a natural child-like faith and trying to nurture that inside of them is really important to me.  Jesus was the ultimate storyteller and I think that is why so many of us relate to stories so deeply.  It’s how we are wired.  Kids are no different. They love stories even more than adults do!

Scripture itself also inspires what I want to write for children’s picture books.  One of my favorite verses states this: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) 

As a children’s book author and illustrator, I want to help kids think about all of those things.  We are called to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul and I can’t think of a better way to fill our hearts, minds, and souls than with the list from Philippians 4:8.  If I can help kids think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable, then I feel like I am doing my job well.

I wrote The Christmas Color because I want children to know the true reason we, as Christians, celebrate Christmas.  I want them notice all of the fun and festive things that are all around us during the Christmas season.  I also want them to see that Jesus was born into this world to die for our sins and to be raised again so that we can be saved, and that is the best gift of all.  I know that kids can understand the gospel at a very young age and I hope to help them understand it in the best way I know how – through words and pictures.

 

Tori’s debut picture book The Christmas Color will be available in our online store and wherever children’s books are sold in both hard cover and soft cover October 2020.