Books for the Kids in Front of You #sol18 #IMWAYR
March 5, 2018
I am thankful for our school librarian for being my tireless exploration partner in book acquisition.
Our school in multicultural. Perhaps yours is too. We were exploring topics for our historical book clubs in grade 4, I questioned what topics could students relate to without a significant amount of historical knowledge. Can we learn about social justice in our modern times in elementary school? Many books I have purchased this year and wrote about before carry a growth mindset and empathetic message, but what about the experience many of our students have of immigrating from another country. Here are some of our current favorite picture books. This may be my current favorite book. While it doesn’t specifically discuss immigration, these young bear brothers seek shelter from the storm. Asking each animal neighbor one by one, they are turned away by all. Remaining positive, the bear brothers create their own shelter using the one gift received from a young fox, a lantern. When the fox’s home is threatened, they come asking for aid from the brothers and are warmly welcomed into their small shelter. So many wonderful messages in this beautifully illustrated book.
We debated this book purchase as the book doesn’t turn away from tough information. This book has photographs of children many in situations that we often want to shelter each other from, sleeping on the streets, asking where will we live. In a school where we do meet and nurture students in transition, this is a delicate topic. This book examines this in a gentle, unflinching way
This book takes a different approach to the immigration experience in a intimate family way. In a moment that many children may have, fishing with their families, a father tells the child how he fished in his home country. Beautiful illustrated and simply told. A Caldecott nominee.
I hope reading and enjoying this book will give children I know an idea about welcoming those new to our community. One girl, adrift and awash in experiences that she can’t understand meets another girl in the park. She smiles in greeting and the new girl is distrusting at first. Over days, she looks for the smiler and then finally see her again. The welcomer teaches the new friend to swing. As the book continues, the welcomer begins through objects to assist our new settler in learning the words she speaks. I love this story full of everything we hope from community.
The simplest of this set, I’m New Here is a straightforward book about arriving fresh in a new spot.
Not reviewed here, but worth a mention are some lovely novels including.
Same Sun Here
Inside Out and Back Again
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