Invitations to Joy – a speech by Jean Little

| May 20, 2015

1.    Why is this piece titled: Invitations to Joy?
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2.    How does she feel about self censorship by writers?
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3.    What might be the impact of self censorship? On whom_________________________________________________________________________________

4.    How does Mr. Little feel about being asked for material from students doing class assignments, or about doing school visits as an author? Why?
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5.    Why is “playing famous” for an author so much easier than writing?
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6.    Which letters from children does she like best? Which ones does she dislike? ____________________________________________________
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7.    How does she feel about reading aloud to children? Why? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8.    Does she think all children’s stories should have happy endings? Why?
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9.    How do “difficult” stories help children?
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10.    Which “uncomfortable” book does Ms. Little recommend?__________
11.    How do parents, teachers and librarians limit what children are allowed or encouraged to read? Why might this be a problem?_____________________________________

12.    Do you agree with Ms. Little that we – adults, society – don’t take children seriously? Why? Give examples.
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13.    Why should children be taken seriously?
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14.    How does she feel about being a children’s writer?
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15.    How did Jean Little’s book, From Anna, affect the young boy, Simon?
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16.    What role did his teacher, Ms. Cameron, play in this change?
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17.    Which book does Ms. Little want to send to every child in Canada? Why?
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