Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way into our hands either through chance, fate, or circumstance.
This week is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme for March-April: Grey and Golden, Young and Fleeting: Ruminations on (Im)Mortality and Transient Lives
We are looking for the following books:
- Books about old people, ancient sages, white-bearded or white-haired folks with the wisdom of the trees and the skies rooted in their deep veins.
- Grandparents! Grand-uncles! Grand-aunties! Great-grand-folks!
- Endangered species, creatures whose lives are near-extinct because of climate change or world events.
- Intergenerational friendships that transcend bloodlines.
- Young people who are afflicted with terminal illness, are sick or dying.
- Characters who are ruminating on loss, mortality, and what it means to be young (and old).
- Notions of immortality, the endless, the time before time, the philosophical, and the eternal.
And so, here are the books that I managed to find in our library.
Picturebooks about Old Folks
Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia and art by Ken Min, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith.
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and illustrations by Chris Raschka; Good Night, Commander by Ahmad Akbarpour and pictures by Morteza Zahedi.
Nonfiction Titles from the Library
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus illustrated by Evan Turk.
Can We Save The Tiger? by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Vicky White, Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between by Bryan Mellonie and illustrations by Robert Ingpen.
Poetry (just because)…
A Book Of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry by Czeslaw Milosz.