Third-grader Amelia Adam and her sister, first-grader Audrey Adam, students at Sycamore Ridge School, spent a lot of their play time writing: books made out of stapled paper, plays and comics. When friends came to play, they would write as well, and help perform the theatrical pieces to a captive audience of parents.
The sisters enjoyed writing. But what really brought them joy was sharing their work with others. They noticed that was true of their friends too: the more they shared, the more they’d want to write. So they elicited help from their mother, Sandi Adam, and started
, a free website where kids can share their writing with other kids.
“It’s been great to see the type of reception their idea has gotten,” says Sandi. “I’ve gotten feedback from parents about how excited their kids were to see their writing online, and how thrilled they were to get comments on their work from others. One of our young poets from Seattle received an encouraging comment from a writer and poet in Scotland!” In fact, the site counts several writers from the United Kingdom as followers.
Literacy is close to the heart of the Adam family, because Audrey is deaf in one ear and has mild to moderate loss in the other as a result of a near-fatal bout of bacterial meningitis as a toddler. On average, deaf and hard-of-hearing kids require three times the repetitions of a new word as hearing children in order to acquire new vocabulary, so literacy can sometimes be a challenge.
Kids can submit their work online through the website, which is then published on the site and on the KidsBookyBubbles Facebook page. KidsBookyBubbles hopes to be able to sponsor contests and other activities in the future to encourage children to write.
You can visit KidsBookyBubbles at