Teaching Cultural Compassion
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November begins with All Saints Day and Dia de los Muertos, so it's only appropriate that it has also been named National Children's Grief Awareness Month. We have all been dealing with more loss and more grief than a usual year. As yet another colleague asked me what books I could suggest to the children in their community experiencing loss, I thought I should write it in a more public way.
My very favorite book about grieving comes from a Buddhist story retold and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. Like the other Stillwater Stories, Addy's Cup of Sugar is about the interaction of a child (Addy) and Stillwater the zen panda. Addy, dealing with the death of her kitten, seeks help and healing from her wise friend. She learns through his round-about-teaching that she is not the only one who has been touched by death--that she is indeed not alone in her grief.
I wrote about Saturdays Are for Stella by Candy Wellins and Charlie Eve Ryan for Grandparent's Day, but it is worth reminding you here. When Stella is a very special person and dies, George has to figure out what to do with his grief and how to celebrate the wonderful memories he mad with his grandmother.
You'll Find Me by Amanda Rawson Hill and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is less specific about loss, but helps the reader remember that death is not the end of memories or feelings associated with someone special.
Though these are my suggestions, as usual I would also like to point you to resources from actual experts. In this particular situation, I'll point you to a resource created by First Book and the New York Life Foundation that will give even more suggestions of books and other grief resources broken up by age group.
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Caring about Climate Change
Tomorrow, October 12, I will be talking to a Climate Café community hosted by Faiths4Future about the intersection between my work on diverse picture books and their work with faith communities and climate change advocacy. Unfortunately, that intersection is easier than one would think--the same kids who rarely see themselves in picture books are the same kids (and adults) most likely to be adversely affected by climate catastrophe!
So I'll be sharing with them my personal favorite books about Creation Appreciation and Climate Advocacy that can be used in secular or faith based situations when talking to kids about why we should be advocates for our environment. Click the links in this paragraph for printable .pdf flyers of my top 5 little kid books and top 5 big kid books in each of those categories!
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You can also find those lists on my bookshop.org affiliate page by clicking here. Reminder that I will receive a small commission for books purchased through my list links.
Looking for resources for Indigenous People's Day or Latinx Heritage Month? Please check out my recommendations from last year by clicking here. I will add that I have a few new favorites since last year including What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Méndez and Kate Alizadeh, listed just below; Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz and Micah Player, listed in the ice cream article below; When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith and Nicole Neidhardt; and We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell and Frane Lessac.