I took this picture the other day while one of our Children’s House teachers was reading to a group of young children. She is reading A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley, one of a series of books about things that unite us. You can see another book in Kerley’s series, You and Me Together, on the shelf. I love these gentle and lovely books. Each book in the”Photo Inspiration” series features stunning photographs of people participating in everyday activities in a way that reminds kids that while we are very much the same – our lives often look very different.
When this teacher asked the kids where water comes from, one of the kids replied: “It’s simple. You just turn on the faucet.” A perfectly age appropriate response, right? But Kerley’s book is a great way to open a conversation about the water cycle, and one of the images may be the first time a child realizes that there are many ways to drink water. All of the books in the series could easily be included in the photography section of a bookstore, although it would be tempting to cut a few of the images out and frame them. The text is minimal. Kerley wisely leaves room space for questions – and wonder.
The books in the Photo Inspiration series are:
You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World
A Cool Drink of Water
A Little Peace
One World, One Day
and scheduled for publication in 2013…The World Is Waiting For You