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Kid Flaunts (by children ages 5-12) and Teen Flaunts (by teenagers ages 13-18) feature essays from children and young adults inspired by DHFI’s theme, “The things that make me different make me, me.” DHIFI is always accepting new submissions – if you’d like to share your story, click here to learn more about how to write and submit a flaunt for publishing on our website. Parental permission required for writers under the age of 18.


Just Because I’m Shorter Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Equal, By Eric Wong, 5th Grade

“Hey, I’m taller than you!”  Third graders always say that to me.  It’s annoying always meeting kids younger and taller than me.  Fifth graders say then say, “Look, he’s taller than you, Eric.”  Compared to a regular sized kid, I’m short.  It’s always been like that.  Everyone has differences; you just have to like it […]

Sensitivity, By Maia

My name is Maia.  I am the youngest in my family.  I am nine years old and in third grade.  I am a very sensitive person and that is my difference.  Now, here is my story. One time last year in second grade, we were practicing for our play on stage, and my friend told […]

My Height, By Lizzie Herr, 5th Grade

Small.  I’m small and I don’t mind being small.  Being small doesn’t mean that I can’t do things as well as other people.  Maybe taller people have a better advantage in basketball.  But actually, I have two small friends that are both great athletes.  Tall people can reach high shelves and small people can’t, but […]

My Mind, By  Sarah

Hi.  My name is Sarah.  I am nine and in third grade.  Even though you can’t see it, my mind is a set of file cabinets. When I want to think about something, I find the cabinets on that topic, and I take the right file and paper.  I read the paper, and if I […]