Suzanne Collins on Why Kids Should Read About War
Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and Walter Deans discussed writing about war for young readers last May 30th at the Scholastic’s headquarters in Soho. Suzanne Collins, together with illustrator James Proimos, was there to promote the children’s book Year of the Jungle.
Collins said that, while there are many excellent books about war in print, such stories must be “refreshed” for each generation of readers.
“A realistic sense of what war is about is essential on so many levels,” she said. “If kids don’t understand conflict, how can we expect them to know how to resolve conflicts?”
Such literature serves another purpose. she said: the necessity to question authority. “If you have no idea what propaganda is, how do you know to question what the government is telling you?”