The Importance of Seeing Ourselves in Stories, a guest post by author Misty Wilson

There is a universal truth that applies to nearly everyone: we want to feel like we belong. Even us introverts—the ones who’d rather hang out by ourselves on the weekends—need our people. The people we can turn to when things get hard, when we need advice, when we’re bored and just want to chat.

When I was teaching third grade, I had a student who stayed in for recess every day because they said they didn’t fit in with anyone and others who cried because they weren’t “popular.” In third grade—it was mind-blowing because they were so young. But the reality is, sometimes being a kid is hard. And often, kids endure more than they should have to.