Just because children are young and have much less experience in cultural / societal molding doesn’t mean their minds are a blank slate, unable to think for themselves, make choices and question themselves. on things. Quite the contrary.
Children are much smarter and more capable than many adults realize, and studies have proven it. Other studies have also shown that children know the difference between right and wrong, that they express kindness without being asked, that they solve problems and that children can often be selfless. without being encouraged.
All of this is very good news, but these qualities also need to be nurtured as children grow older. Obviously, the influential adults in the child’s life lead the way with their own behavior and encouragement. Another powerful way to encourage children in this same direction is to read books that serve as powerful examples of these qualities, like the three reviewed today. Find more and ask your librarian for other suggestions. Anything we can do to encourage kindness in children is worth it.
Books to borrow
The following book is available in many public libraries.
“The little Prince” written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry, various publishers and number of pages
Reading aloud: from 8 years old.
Read for yourself: 9/10 years and over.
Rich on several levels, “The Little Prince” is a timeless, deep, sensitive tale that has captivated young and old since its first publication in 1943.
A pilot had crashed in the Sahara Desert. When he started repairing his plane, he met the wise and humble Little Prince of asteroid B-612 who had traveled to many planets in space to make observations. As the two new friends chat and explore their surroundings, they, along with the readers, come to a better understanding of what is most important in life: love, friendship and responsibility.
Read by millions of people around the world, “The Little Prince” is both deeply stimulating and satisfying in every way.
The librarian’s choice
Library: Reading Public Library, 100 S. Fifth St., Reading
Supervisor of Children’s Services: Nancy Maurer
Adolescent Services Supervisor: Ashly Roman
Choice this week: âGo to a special placeâ by Patricia McKissack; “Scary squirrel” series by Melanie Watt; “Smile inside, smile outside” by Lindsay Barrett George
Books to buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
“How do you live?” by GenzaburÅ Yoshino, translated by Bruno Navasky, preface by Neil Gaiman, Algonquin Young Readers, 2021, 288 pages, $ 17.95 hardcover
Reading aloud: ages 10 and up.
Read for yourself: 10/11 years and over.
This incredible book offers so much on so many different levels, but perhaps most of all it is a reflection on life choices, the consequences, and how everything we do affects everyone. First published in Japan in 1937 with over 2 million copies sold, “How Do You Live?” is now available in its first English translation of this Japanese classic, and what a glorious and important offering it is.
Narrated in two voices – Copper, 15, and his uncle – the two exchange questions, ideas and share knowledge and advice about life. Covering a multitude of topics including friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, kindness, shame, honesty, fairness, science, art, history, politics and more, it It is through these contemplations that readers learn that no one is the center of the universe and eventually it becomes quietly evident of Copper’s constant transformation as he comes to a better understanding of his place in the world, the importance of standing up for yourself and for others, and of broadening your way of thinking.
At the same time deeply contemplative, sensitive and realistic, âHow do you live? is a uniquely beautiful book that is perhaps more current than ever before.
“The year we learned to fly” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael LÃ³pez, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2022, 32 pages, $ 18.99 hardcover
Reading aloud: 5-8 years old.
Read for yourself: 6 / 7-8 years.
When a sibling got stuck inside during a severe thunderstorm, they quickly got bored. Their wise grandmother encouraged them to close their eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine something else. âUse your beautiful and brilliant minds. Grandmother was teaching her grandchildren to learn to fly.
Time and time again when anger crept into the children’s lives, the darkness seemed too great and moving to a new neighborhood where the children ignored the newcomers, the brother and sister had learned to fly when in hardship. presented themselves, just as their ancestors dreamed of a thing and made it happen in the same way.
On sale January 4, “The Year We Learned to Fly” is a positive and optimistic reflection of the power each of us has to adjust our attitudes and achieve our dreams.
Nationally, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be contacted at [email protected]