guardians of story…

I have had a remarkable number of joyous, inspiring, creative conversations through this weekend of the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI) spring conference in Dr. Seuss’ hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts.

And a theme developed, a thread running bright and true through disparate discussions:

We are the guardians of story.

It isn’t about us as the writers or translators or illustrators or editors of stories. It’s about how we take a precious story, or fragile seed of a story, and guard it, care for it, nurture it and shape it until it is ready to be passed on to the mind of a child.

Story matters.

Pass it on.

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