Words.

Words matter.

Words can sway opinions. Words can spark emotions. Words can grant permission–and take it away. Words can chain someone down or raise them up.

Words matter.

As children’s authors, we are the keeper of words for the next generation. We are all part of the education industry and the entertainment industry. We are media.

Our words matter.

History is being written right now because of the power of words. And what a mighty power they wield. It is easy to forget, and easy to ignore, until it isn’t.

I didn’t know at first how I was going to write this blog post. My original post I’d drafted I decided to save for another time. Once Tuesday’s events happened, I knew I would need to have different, better words for today.

And here they are.

Courage.

Kindness.

Empathy.

Love.

Bravery.

Heart.

Small.

Big.

Teacher.

Student.

Voice.

Pride.

Strength.

Compassion.

Together.

Forward.


Katie Headshot.jpgKatie Slivensky’s debut novel (THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY) tells the story of a 13 year-old robotics whiz who is thrilled to be chosen to train for an international mission to Mars, but soon finds herself and her fellow cadets in a situation far more dire and deadly than any of them could have imagined. Publication is set for Summer 2017 with HarperCollins Children’s.

Katie is a science educator at the Museum of Science in Boston, where she coordinates school visits, does live presentations, and runs the rooftop observatory program. She lives in a suburb of Boston with her two completely absurd cats, Galileo and Darwin, and is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

Visit Katie on Twitter (@paleopaws) or on her website, www.katieslivensky.com.

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10 responses to “Words.

  1. Katie, Thank you. A beautiful list of words during a frightening week.

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  2. Beautiful Katie. Thank you thank you thank you.

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  3. mariagianferrari

    Thanks, Katie!! Boy do we need these words more than ever now!! 🙂

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  4. Christina Uss

    Katie – beautifully put, and just what I think a lot of us needed to hear. Keep writing, all. Keep putting those beautiful, courageous, compassionate words to the page and sharing them with kids all over the world. They matter.

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  5. Well said. Thank you, Katie.

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  6. Yes. All these words. Thank you for this post, Katie!

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  7. Beautiful post, Katie. Let’s make more words. ❤

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  8. Elly Swartz

    Beautiful and so true. Thank you for this.

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  9. Carleen M. Tjader

    Thank you. This week, we need these words more than ever.

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