If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages. I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.
Why do I know so much about those eras? Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author. (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.
Seriously. Yes, I have read them all.
I know, sounds impossible, right?
Reading is already So Much Fun, how could we make it funner?!
Well, not everyone agrees with that. In fact, my beautiful husband would disagree entirely. So might some of your littles. So how do we engage them, make them want to follow through on those 24, 240, or 863 pages of Awesome Fiction? Well, I have some ideas.
Even Easter Bunnies have bad days! The Grumpy Easter Bunny, a sweet story about a grumpy bunny who wants to keep all his Easter treats to himself, is great for having some Easter fun while teaching your littles not to be greedy.
It also offers lots of opportunities for educational fun. Not making it up, some of the most awesome Easter activites we’ve ever done were inspired by Justine Korman’s adorable picture book.
The Giver is the perfect book with which to introduce your kids to Dystopia and begin to have conversations about what can happen when government gets too involved in daily life.
Jonas’s world seems perfect–perfectly matched couple raise 2 perfect kids who grow up to work at perfect job assignments. The elderly live in group homes until the day of their ‘release.’ Babies are released if they aren’t developing correctly. There is no pain. Adolescent sexual impulses are quashed by drugs.
So there’s basically nothing to worry about. But when Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver, he has to learn about society’s collective memories, including the flawed world that existed before. As he learns more about the hypocrisy on which his society is based, he will have to choose whether to accept the status quo or fight the system.