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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 4, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Genesis Gaule
In a perfect world, children would never be exposed to difficulties and hardships. They would never have to grow up too soon or feel unsafe. They could simply be kids. Unfortunately, life doesn’t discriminate. When these struggles arise, it can be difficult to find a way to answer questions or work through their feelings in an age appropriate way.
Books can be a great tool to help children (and adults!) find the words for their feelings and cope. Whether it is for more common obstacles like bullying and divorce or other sensitive issues like, poverty, domestic violence, immigrating to a new country, or death of a loved one, books can help provide advice and comfort. Picture books are also a great way to encourage empathy for others in children that may be living these situations.
These books are best read together with plenty of time afterwards for questions. With books that deal with sensitive subjects, it is always good practice for a grownup to read the book beforehand, and determine if there is a struggle that you or your child is facing, there is a book to help.
Tag(s): Vanesa Gomez, secrets, picture books, parenting, immigration, grief and loss, finances, families, easy nonfiction, easy fiction, domestic violence, divorce, disabilities, death, bullying, adoption
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 20, 2021 at 9:50 AM by Genesis Gaule
Have you met our Artist-in-Residence yet? Stop in on Thursdays in September and October to meet Trey Everett and see what he's cooking up in our residency studio!
Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken? by Dan Gutman
Wait! What? // Did you know that Muhammad Ali was so terrified of flying on planes he would bring a parachute? Or that he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Bet you didn't know that he had an official sweat-taster to determine how salty his sweat was after each match! Siblings Paige and Turner do-and they've collected some of the most unusual and surprising facts about the legendary boxer and civil rights activist, from his childhood and the spark of his boxing career through his time as heavyweight champion of the world.
Truth's Daughter by Barbara Santarelli
Legacy of Divorce // On her sixtieth birthday, Barbara spit into a vial, hoping a genetic search engine might lead to finding her fathers' other children. Perhaps they could shed light on her fathers' identity and her parents’ short-lived marriage. She'd met her father just four times before he was brutally murdered in Miami Beach, ending any chance of knowing him in the future. Raised in poverty in the Bronx by her beautiful and brilliant mother, she accepted the narrative of her fathers' deceit and abandonment. In mid-life, she is confronted with a painful truth about her mother. The seeds of doubt and search for truth began in earnest. She was determined to make truth the legacy of their lives. In the absence of facts, she discovers the importance of forgiveness and understanding as a vehicle for healing.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he's teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what's left of his self-respect; he hasn't written - let alone published - anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn't need Jake's help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then... he hears the plot. Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker's first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that - a story that absolutely needs to be told. In a few short years, all of Evan Parker's predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says. As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his "sure thing" of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?
It's Better This Way by Debbie Macomber
After her husband became involved with another woman, Julia did everything she could to save their marriage. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father's behavior-- and they've had a tough time getting along with the other woman who became their stepmother. Julia moved into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start; she sold her successful interior design business but remained a consultant, and has embraced a new life that doesn't need a man in it. Then she meets fellow condo resident Heath Johnson. He's a welcome change from the disastrous dates her sister has set up for her over the years. As she and Heath begin to grow close, they soon realize that combining families, even with adult children, presents inevitable challenges.
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