Build a Better World through empathy

By Chuck Pieri
Branch Children’s Librarian

“Walk a mile in someone’s shoes” – have you ever heard that expression?  One way we can build a better world is by trying to understand life from another person’s perspective.

courageAs you and your kids browse the shelves for more books to read over the summer, here are some great stories of hope, courage and friendship. Why not spend some cozy summer nights reading these aloud together?

You can find more great titles at Upper Elementary Read Aloud. We’ve just reached the halfway mark in summer reading – there’s still plenty of time to get involved and win prizes!

 

Crenshaw
Author
: Katherine Applegate
This is a very moving story that deals with being homeless. The main character copes with his family situation and hopelessness by talking to an imaginary friend named Crenshaw.

 

Rain Reign
Author
: Ann M. Martin
In this novel, Rose is a high functioning autistic girl who has a particular affection for homophones, among other things. A storm causes her beloved dog to run away and then her safe and ordered world is shattered. How does she cope with her situation?

 

A handful of stars
Author
: Cynthia Lord
This is a story that takes place in the beautiful setting of rural Maine. Lily lives with her grandparents who run the general store and Salma is part of a migrant family that work in the blueberry fields during the summer. Can two very different kids forge a friendship together?

 

 

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