Author Spotlight-Brooke Smith
We talked to Brooke Smith about her inspriation for The Keeper of Wild Words. Here is what she told us:
Several years ago, I learned that the Oxford Junior Dictionary had decided to remove over 100 natural words from its pages—common words, like apricot, lavender, porcupine. The editors no longer felt they had relevance for today’s children.
At first I was angry, then disillusioned and ultimately very sad. But the power of being a writer is that you can create a world you want to see. I decided to write a book where some of these lost wild words would be celebrated and recognized beyond the pages of the dictionary. To make sure they always stayed an integral part of our language and our children’s stories. I wanted children everywhere to be able to experience the beauty of nature and feel what it’s like to wander and explore.
It’s absurd to think that nature could ever be irrelevant to children. In fact, I’d argue that in the technology-filled world we now live in, nature plays a more important role than ever to provide a place to dream, rest and wonder. I hope parents, grandparents, libraries, and schools will all become Keepers of Wild Words by sharing this book—and most importantly, the words it celebrates.