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.
My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding. I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.
Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker. In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects. And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick. I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.
You knew I was saving the best for last. But you can’t blame me. It’s not my fault Dickens did his first U.S. public reading in December and gave me an excuse to highlight one of his many brilliant books.
That’s totally on him.
Oliver Twist wasn’t the first Dickens the boys and I read together, but it was one of the most enjoyable. Maybe because it was about a young boy and they could relate to it. Maybe because it showcases such a clear delineation between good and bad and proves that those labels have nothing to do with class.
Maybe because we did so many fun activities while we read.
Pirates. Ships. Treasure. Mutiny. Danger.
Treasure Island has all the things to inspire a kid’s imagination. The story of Jim Hawkins and his quest for treasure has enchanted children for almost 150 years. I know my boys absolutely adored the story, even during the cringe-worthy scarier parts.
Stevenson’s adventure is a perfect introduction to classic literature for younger kids and is still action-packed enough to engage older kids. And you know me, if it offers ways to teach other subjects, I’m All In.