Well, our traditional Parents’ Days have passed, at least in the United States, and I thought I would take the time to write-up a short post on some books that fall into categories that are not often addressed directly in Children’s Literature; but, are essential, nonetheless.
The text is simple, but the subtext vast. This book is a warm optimistic conversation between two little girls about challenging one’s perspective.
This book is a delight from start to finish. If you don’t read Spanish, you had better download Duolingo so you can start learning it in order to read this darling, funny, smart, cool book.
Max and Ely are two little boys working hard to get the moon to stay in place. They send a rocket up to try to lasso it, they even try to scold it into submission. Each night the moon comes and goes, bringing closer the day that Ely must leave for the hospital.
We label sailing as a sport but as one sails the longer journey, it becomes so much more. They hear the sails and water against the hull just as the ancient mariners did thousands of years ago. The motion of the boat and the visuals connect us to something much larger. It can bring peace, tranquility and more.
This book is a celebration of all families in that it illustrates (pun intended) the commonality inherent in and shared by parents that actively parent and care for their children.
I can’t teach all you need to know about to help you inoculate the children in your care against pessimism and depression in this short essay, but I can explain the foundations of Martin E.P. Seligman’s work, what optimism is, why it’s important, how you might measure it, and a little of how you might nurture it.
An interesting story about an important but not-talked-about-enough time in history, Summer of the Tree Army is well told, and beautifully illustrated.
For each question Arvaaq asks Grandfather Bowhead, the response invariably expresses that the greatest adventures of his life are the times they have spent together.