Let’s Talk About It
Talking with children about race relations, immigration, gender issues, and many other topics can be challenging. Sometimes sharing the right book can provide an opening for meaningful conversations about topics that are on kids’ and parents’ minds. Parents may want to check out our current “Let’s Talk About It” book display across from the Youth Services desk to see what’s available.
Because some of the titles contain potentially disturbing subject matter such as families struggling to survive harsh living conditions or the death of a parent due to war, we encourage you to preview the books closely; you’re the best judge of what’s appropriate for your child’s age and temperament, and the tone and content of the books vary greatly.
One of books highlighted – Talking Walls: Discover Your World, written by Margy Burns Knight and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien – is a great resource for showing kids different cultures around the world. Twenty of the original illustrations for the book are currently on display in the Collaboratory. Why not stop in with a child and talk about them?