Books to Ease Transition – Part II

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As I wrote yesterday, the students (and teachers) are getting a bit restless.  And since the last few days have been 75 degrees and sunny, it only heightens everyone’s anticipation of summer vacation.  On Thursday, I suggested books that teachers can read to young children to open conversations about change.  Today’s recommendations are books older kids (8 to 10) will enjoy and can spark those same kinds of discussions. 

Home by Jeannie Baker (This wordless books is one to which I return again and again.  The collage illustrations are both a plea for conservation and a manifestation of the saying that “the only constant is change.”)

Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson (The more distracted and busier I become, the more I appreciate Anderson’s book.  I promise that by the time you turn the last page, you will take a moment to savor the quiet and perhaps turn the e-mail/television/radio/Twitter/IPod off for a few minutes.  Kids need space too – especally when their lives are changing so fast.) 

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (Say’s Caldecott-winning-book is often used to illustrate the immigrant experience, but I think it works well as a book about the importance of “place” in our lives.  There’s a line in this book that lends itself perfectly to this theme: “The funny thing is,” the central character says, “the moment I am in one country I am homesick for the other.”)

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