Lost for Words

Community members from diverse backgrounds read picture books specifically on empathy and have an informal discussion with class.

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"Stories have the power to bring emotions to life and help children understand their own feelings and those of others."  (McKeaney and Mears, 2015)

Picture books are always deemed appropriate for early childhood and elementary school aged children; however, middle and high school students can also benefit from picture books.  I would like to do a school wide picture book day of books that contain aspects of emotion development, empathy and culturally diverse books for students gain insight and knowledge of persons who may be alike and different from them.  Community members, district personnel, and teachers alike would read a picture book and then discuss the implications of the events that occurred with the students as well as share stories that specifically deal with topics found in the book.   The picture books would be read on World Read Aloud Day or another designated day.  

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So many wonderful things are learned through great picture books! Is it possible to contain this to one day!?

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Hi Cynthia, I love the use of picture books. As a 15 year elementary educator, I am still amazed the power books have on our youngest learners. Have you seen Reading Without Walls by Meg Krause I wonder if there is a way you two can work together on your ideas. You both have the thread of literature as a catalyst for empathy in schools. Might be fun to connect and see how you can support one another. Excited to see this idea evolve! Let me know if I can help.

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Cynthia! Great to see you on here! I love this idea. Can't wait to see it built out even further.