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.
Since it’s mid-September and I saw orange leaves today while I was out, what could be more fitting than a witchy story?
Halloween is coming, my friends, and the Lit Mama is all in.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a beautiful story about friendship and staying true to oneself set in 1687 Connecticut. When 16-year-old Kit is orphaned, she has to travel to America to live with relatives she’s never met. Suspicious and unfriendly, the Puritan community in which she finds herself soon begin to whisper ‘witch.’ And when Kit finds a friend in Hannah Tupper, a widow known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, things become downright dangerous.
There are so many lessons to learn from this book. And it’s incredibly absorbing. Plus, autumn. Did I say that already?
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is one of the best books ever. Isn’t it?
A quick, easy read that manages to be full of heart, this tale of a dog helping a family find their way is one of my all-time favorites. Being a dog lover helps, but this story is also about childhood and loss and healing. Even if you’re kiddos are cat people, they will love this book.
We love Bridge to Terabithia. We loved the film made from the book. In fact, I’m betting Littlest watched that movie more than 100 times. So we had to read the book. It’s one of his favorite stories ever.
Katherine Paterson is an incredible children’s author. She writes books that speak to kids and help them understand their own reality, but she also captures childhood so well that she transports even the oldest reader back to her pre-teen days (no, I’m Not the oldest. Stop being mean).
If you ask my boys, though, they will tell you that Bridge to Terabithia is hands-down their favorite. I guess they identify with Jess’s artistic soul. Which is good, because I never want them to be the kind of men society is trying to mold Jess into. I don’t want anyone to mold them into anything. I want them to be who they are.