"Oh, Janet, you have SUCH an imagination!" my mother used to say.
She didn't mean it as a compliment, but I'm happy to have an active imagination.
My neighborhood friends and I used to pretend to be all sorts of things while we played outside. At times I was a princess, a horse, a space alien, etc., etc., etc.
Unfortunately, today lots of kids stop pretending when they're young because they always have adults supervising them. Sometimes the only way they use their imaginations is with video games.
But I still have an active imagination, which is one reason why I write books for kids. And when children - or grown-ups - get involved in good books they're carried away to adventures and different worlds and experiences.
Some of my books include ordinary kids taking risks to reach important goals. One is about an imaginary creature - a giant talking worm. Another book takes readers to the past, and one helps them understand people who are different from themselves.
I believe providing fiction for kids to read is an important task.
What else can we do to help kids use and develop their imaginations?
(P.S if you want to know more about my books go to my website, www.janetanncollins.com)