Today is Blog Action Day and the focus is poverty. Poverty is a harsh reality for many millions of people today. Many steps need to be taken to reduce this pressing need, but the first thing that must be done is that we as individuals must stop turning a blind eye towards those that need help the most. Use this as an opportunity to talk to your kids about those less fortunate than themselves. And, remember to support literacy causes such as First Book and RIF. Literacy can go a long way!!
One book you may want to discuss this holiday season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The major theme of this book is poverty; Dickens was especially concerned about the welfare of poor children.
Some picture books dealing with poverty issues:
Stone Soup (various versions)
Little Match Girl by H. C. Andersen
Great Joy by Kate Dicamillo
Running Shoes by Frederick Lipp and Jason Gaillard
The Magic Beads by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund and Genevieve Cote
Uncle Wille and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan