Julianne Moore on Importance of Reading

The actress tells Father Edward Beck about her children's book series.
7:11 | 10/14/11

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Hi welcome to focus on faith on father Edward back. Recently I sat down with an actress who never disappoints Julianne Moore has been nominated for four Oscars six Golden Globes. At -- that she is in New York Times best selling children's book author. Her latest book is the third in a series of freckle faced strawberry books this one is called freckle face strawberry. Best friends forever. We began our conversation talking about her passion for children's literacy. And her own love of the written word. Julianne thanks for being here things can happen and and so -- -- can. With what I've been reading about your passion for literacy especially for children you were. Overreached its readers if Sarah as a child says that we're comes from why -- it's important that. Injury while only in his everything I am my two books literature right I swear it was the one thing that that caught my attention right away was the thing that kind of that educated -- says -- to me. You know stories books everywhere -- -- you know I grew up in the military so we moved really frequently forced -- -- -- the library and it's like a whole world is available to you that way you know -- to every child it's it's them. It -- you. Yourself back like ten fold you know He wouldn't you their -- you learn analysts -- about different places different people. And yet everything -- year learn is completely personal you know at the same time. Would you have kids wounds and sometimes it's really difficult -- about your children can get them through with -- -- distractions of computers and his dad is really. I write it's it's hard I mean I think they have to find the right thing Mina Al east for middle grade students I was at -- Rick Riordan who think is -- writer for. For children. Because they sent me read something that becomes. So compelling to them stories in the camp put down and if they're all about -- pathology in and an all in this is kind of their. It is wonderful things that really -- kids anyway and that's what you wanna do I mean I find sometimes when -- an encouragement -- -- I love I fail miserably because. You know reading is is personally need to find themselves. And and it is calm you know after his comic books -- at the back with serial boxer wrote science or -- you know -- at present I can read. Really it's okay there's no writer on Wednesday. No this latest furcal face stronger -- book is the third in a series of four X -- and this -- best friends forever aha. And what I was taken with reading all three of them -- some of the teams again in a very simple children's book you -- being able to talk about. Tolerance. Inclusive of the -- Trying to accept how we look and yeah -- Was it hard to get -- major -- institute of. You know I wasn't really trying that's what's interesting about it I don't like message heavy books I certainly wasn't attempting to do that what I wanted to do is create a world where. These kids existed. In it. In their own world and a children's world and continues -- child's voice and hopefully sense of humor and there. There there experience to tell a story I mean. And in the first one. Where she -- -- ski mask over head and she you know she feels -- she's disappeared I wanted to talk but the literal sense of childhood that you do believe that you can make them disappear. He believed to become a monster in all of those things that seek the stakes are really high. When when your child and so. In China captured that you know that. I guess these stories and become about you know you -- the county and exit tolerance and friendship and acceptance of differences in. But those things loom large in childhood -- things that we're learning about that. They're they're not they're not Gibbons for us. So if the themes have emerged I hope they've emerged out of the characters stories and and conflicts and not about me trying to -- something. On it and of course one of the issues that the little girl -- based on your -- and China. -- -- Yeah definitely. A lot of -- own money can't see any freckles on and it. Genuineness kids in any way -- mine did not but I what you had -- -- Latin and negotiate it called circle is -- days. It's hard for -- -- there. Well it's so interesting because they don't children don't really notice certificates until there around seven years old and and they kind of feel physically OK you know they just talk about kids in this way kids through that way. Suddenly it's seven Arab summit -- that mommy. My teacher can speak from my face this -- -- -- coming -- -- my don't like my hair and you know its -- -- He notices differences and it's heartbreaking because of course they're perfect you want them to see that. But but then it's really cute you know that -- -- my hair is currently Atlanta -- -- on -- -- to college in any of those things. So. You know when it in that book basically it's about how we often that way there's -- if you talk to anybody that inhabit a characteristic for feature that they don't like. And what I wanted to say with when you grow up it's not that things go away you don't have. He becomes 100. The all -- time. Let me just tell us now and and that and I often have teachers and it is excuse -- yep. My ears stick stuck out when I was little and I hated it and now I Wear my hair back I don't care I -- I love that that's exactly what I was saying that. Story and -- really liked it seems that come up is because they've seen so relevant right now again -- we're hearing so much about kids being bullied gains school. All this anti gay stuff great kids -- each -- -- you know kids committing suicide we -- his fund and yes -- preacher heart when you read some of these stories of how kids treat other kids. Right and I think tolerance something -- be taught very early kids you notice differences and they will self segregate because of differences. I think the more we talk about that when we talk about what a child perceives as being different. And and educate them and talk about it and less than most but it hadn't -- that the -- experience differences in the kid who is the supposedly in in the dot -- -- book is really a kid -- -- big. And kind of new ways He and maybe doesn't have a sense of how big He answer -- scary as we need when you -- Patrick. Who also had a nickname is less than flattering and realize people probably teasing him to. And she you know in trying to solve the problem -- it turned herself into a monster when she roars scares the child this is the child his. Afraid imaginary thanks -- I talk -- kids about -- like you know. Maybe you're afraid of both -- me but I'm not afraid of the dark and not afraid of monsters -- tours -- scary movies so but you know we -- packages to some people have different. -- a different strengths and so sometimes what you perceive as being different scary it's not.

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