Books are Teachers

Those of you who know me know that I love children’s books. In fact, “Lisa’s Book List,” — featuring my recommended children’s books — is one of the most appreciated hand-outs in my classes.

I love books in general and happily dove into the world of children’s books when Ezra was born ten years ago. Some folks would probably consider me “picky” when it comes to books; I choose to think of it as “discerning.” After all, sitting with our children and reading them a book is, whether we realize it or not, an endorsement of that book: of it’s language, of it’s aesthetics and of it’s values.

We have read two books lately that will definitely make it onto the next update of my book list: Winter Candle and The Rag Coat. Winter Candle conveys much-needed messages about community and religious tolerance and The Rag Coat models a strong way to counter bullying and to remember what is important.

Of course, what I love about these two books is that they convey these messages without any “preaching”; to my boys, they are just really good stories that we can snuggle on the couch together and enjoy… and that is just how it should be!

1 Comment

  1. Fernando on February 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I bought the enrite collection of books for my kids, and also for my nephews who live in California. The kids’ ages range from 4-10 yrs. old, and all of them enjoy the books. My kids find the books to be funny and fun to read. My husband and I appreciate the creative way that the books reinforce the Armenian language and culture to our kids. Great initiative by the author to capture in story-form what we as Armenian parents have experienced during our youth. As more and more generations of American-Armenians grow farther away from our foreign-born parents’ customs and rituals, these books allow us to bring the concepts back and share the funny anecdotes with our children so that they can continue to exist in their repetoire of the Armenian culture.

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