It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Written and Illustrated by Eva Eland
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (2019)
ISBN: 0525707182 (ISBN13: 9780525707189). Book borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.
Fats has reviewed this title a few months ago, and I have been intrigued by it ever since. I thought that it would make for a good addition to our Social and Emotional Learning Bookshelf and I was not mistaken.
In this picturebook, the young reader is walked through the complexity of sadness: how one can feel overwhelmed by it, such that one is utterly consumed by it, like a walking/talking bubble of grief.
As a clinician, I appreciated this powerful illustrative rendering of emotion that makes it easy for a young person to navigate through the grief, locate it, name it, befriend it, transform it.
I remember in the interview that I conducted with Benjamin Alire Saenz for the White Ravens Festival in Munich, he mentioned something along the lines of: when you sing to your monster, you tame it. This book is an excellent primer on how to do just that.
Written by Danielle Dufayet Art by Jennifer Zivoin
Published by Magination Press (2019)
ISBN: 1433829398 (ISBN13: 9781433829390). Book borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.
While the first book shows young readers how they can be bigger than their sadness, this one shows them how to own their strength.
Told in a lyrical voice, each page shows very specific instances (that most children will be able to relate to, quite easily) when scared creeps in and how it can gradually slip away. More than just fear, it also features anger, anxiety and grief – emotions that tend to be overwhelming, requiring courage to wash them away.
The story is also done in a gentle way that is neither preachy nor didactic, but credible. The artwork by Jennifer Zivoin is likewise glorious, adding an even more empowering layer to the narrative.
Both stories realistically portray how frustration, worry, misery can be difficult to deal with; yet young readers are also made to feel that they are tougher than said emotions and give them specific handles on how you can be your strong.
#WomenReadWomen2019: 30 (of target 25): Netherlands (Eva Eland is a Dutch author based in the UK).
Danielle Dufayet and Jennifer Zivoin are from the USA.