Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kid's Books about Difficult Economic Times

"Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?"

- from the song, "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"
Today is the anniversary of Black Tuesday, the day of the infamous stock market crash in 1929. The crash also marked the beginning of the Great Depression. Here are a couple of award-winning non-fiction books dealing with these historical periods:

Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929: A Wall Street Journal Book for Children by Karen Blumenthal

Children of the Great Depression (Golden Kite Awards (Awards))by Russell Freedman

Erica S. Perl has posted a really interesting slide show highlighting a few fictional children's books published over a span of many decades that mention difficult economic times. View her post and slide show at

Some of the titles included in her slide presentation are:
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Spuds by Karen Hesse