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I Am A Child
I am my own person. I am not the property of adults or of any institution. I did not ask to be born.
I am to be free from hunger, from fear, from ignorance, from abuse, from servitude, from indoctrination.
I am to be educated and encouraged to read and explore ideas other than my own. I will be allowed to make mistakes and to fail. I will learn from experience. I will become responsible for my words and actions as I grow. I will learn to tell the truth because you will not lie.
I am a free person. I will be allowed to decide about my life when I am older. You will encourage me to pursue what is in my heart.
I am not be be judged different because of my skin pigmentation, size, gender, looks, culture, or the circumstances of my life. We are all the same. You will teach me to reject prejudice of all kinds.
I am to be encouraged to pursue happiness and my own well-being, but not at the expense of others. You will teach me the value of helping others. You will teach me that accepting help is not a weakness.
I am to be taught by word and deed to respect and value all living things, including the planet.
I am to be taught by word and deed to be a good and decent person, to recognize my shortcomings, to not judge others, and to understand that life is not about me, but about all of us.
I am not to be hit. I am defenseless. Raising your hand produces fear and anger. It is not discipline, it is abuse. It teaches nothing.
I am a child. My life is in your hands. I beseech you to teach me. To encourage me. To listen to me. To be patient with me. To love me. In return I will love and honor you all my life, and I will do for my children what you have done for me.
Michael de Guzman
My books are about kids who populate the margins of conventional society, who have something big to face in life, who take action on their own behalf, and who are aided by adults who live on the margins themselves. A coming together of the world we live in and the world inside my head.
When I was growing up I saw injustice and hypocrisy everywhere I looked. I still do. The battle against them goes on. Windmills must be tilted at or the power of romance will disappear, and we will be the poorer for it. I believe in the power of imagination and laughter and love. As a character in FINDING STINKO says, "Hope is the soap that floats in the bathtub of life."
Before writing books for young readers, I wrote movies for television. I was nominated for an Emmy, a Writers Guild of America award and a Razzie. I was also awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. My credits can be seen by clicking on the quick link for IMDB in the lower right hand corner of this page. I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Author's Guild, and PEN Center USA.
I went to Trinity School in New York City and the University of Rhode Island, where I met my wife, to whom, much to my good fortune, I am still married. We live in Seattle.