Wednesday, October 19, 2016
There has never been a time in current history when the voices of young people have become so important. The minds of our future judges, politicians, teachers, corporate leaders and writers are being shaped by the political messages and actions we see today.
There are voices who have helped us to rise high and those that teach us to act low. Sesame Street focused on "empathy" on a recent episode with Elmo and Mark Ruffalo. It's a term that requires learning and development that we don't often get. That's why its so important that we continue to give our children and students varied reading material from all walks of life.
Bernie Sanders will be coming out with the young adult version of his non-fiction book "Our Revolution" in the spring of next year. Even if you don't believe in his message, it's a great opportunity to expand the minds of our young ones and provide opportunities for open conversation and debate.
Here are a few other recommendations (new and old, fiction and non) to help our young minds grow.
1. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
5. The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu