Children’s Literature: a Window into History
This week I had the good fortune be invited to Sarah Ibson’s 8th grade class as they kicked off a unit on World War II and the Holocaust by exploring important themes of this historic period through the lens children’s literature. They even invited me read one of the books aloud to the class! As I observed students tease apart the stories for universal lessons, I was struck by the clarity and intensity of messages conveyed by the illustrators and authors of these books. Although written to be accessible to children, the historical information, depth of human emotion, and moral messages are relevant to readers of all ages.
The Harwood Library has a small, but quality collection of children’s books. If you’re looking for a wider selection, try your local public library (the titles above are from Moretown Public Library).
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