Adversity: Empowering Kids to Rise to the Challenge

Adversity: Empowering Kids to Rise to the ChallengeLately adversity hammered the world in many directions: natural disasters of biblical scale, political confrontations that resulted in death and, most recently a madman mowed down more than five hundred innocent people. At some level, it feels like our world verges on the brink of collapse. Children hear and observe what occurs around them. They watch TV and absorb the horrific reports. As adults we bear a huge responsibility to help them frame and understand the facts. We must share age-appropriate information and provide them tools to process and live with the challenging realities all around us. More importantly, we must help them regain a feeling of security and peace.

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We best cope with feelings of overwhelm when we engage in action. Today’s book offers one tool that can help kids access that feeling of self-empowerment. V. Radunsky in collaboration with hundreds of children whom he interviewed  from all over the planet and asked them this seminal question: What Does Peace Feel Like?  Radunsky arranged their responses by senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and, smell. He illustrated the text with child-like drawings in rich, intense colors and simple shapes. The children’s words drive this book.

Parents and teachers can ask their children (students,) for their own ideas which can be made into a personalized book. Working in a group helps children notice the commonalities which all human beings share in addition to the unique perspective which each person takes on these common experiences and emotions. The more that we see one another as “like” ourselves, the less apt we are to view them as “other.” This tends to increase empathy, tolerance and, inclusivity–all of which are good. Unless we choose to live together in harmony, the future is bleak. We must hold difficult conversations, explore complex issues & commit to a solution with which… Click To Tweet

Children and the Fight for Social JusticeAdoption-attuned* Lens This story can offer another pathways to exploring the role of “othering” and how it shapes relationships. People can separate themselves  along many criteria, for example, nationality, religion, and politics. For children, family tends to be the main focus of their “world.” Thus distinctions about family can divide them into separate groups: divorced or intact, bio or adopted, step- or full, one parent or two, etc. Open conversations that can help kids see that these distinctions need not be used to isolate or create a sense of hierarchy in which one type of family is seen as “better” than the other.

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Our theme for this #DiverseKidLit is #ownvoices. The #ownvoices hashtag was created to draw attention to diverse authors and illustrators who are creating books that honor their own heritage and experiences. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

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Most Clicked Post from Last Time

The most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Myra’s linkup post about Remembering Auschwitz through a picture book and a graphic novel. This post shares two powerful resources about the Holocaust in general, and Auschwitz specifically, as well as links to other sources. Thank you for sharing, Myra.

Welcome, Bethany!

#diversekidlit is excited to welcome new host, Bethany, of Biracial Bookworms. Bethany is an educator, blogger, world traveler, wife, and mom to two wonderful girls who inspired her web site. You can read more about her and her family here. We are thrilled to have Bethany joining our community as a host and advocate! Please follow here online: Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Goodreads.

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