‘Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and the wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers.’
– Charles W. Eliot
It is a widely known truth that books make scholars out of children, stimulate their imagination, and make their language skills highly developed. But no bigger truth has ever been told as the one in the quote above. Books are the most accessible and the wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers.
Every day of human life is about making choices. One choice — whether right or wrong — can define, transform or destroy us, so there is nothing more important than teaching children about making the right ones.
Here are two amazing books about making choices even when the right one seems not to be the easy one:
Written by Reem Faruqi
Illustrated by Lea Lyons
Ages 6-8 │30 Pages
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
This is a very engaging children’s book written from the perspective of Lailah, a ten-year-old who finds herself in a new country and a new school and is excited about fasting in the month of Ramadan for the first time.
Lailah’s enthusiasm is dampened when she finds herself struggling to explain to her classmates and teacher in Atlanta why she is not taking lunch with them. Lailah also fights the inner battle of resisting the aroma of food that assaulted her nose as the other students ate.
With the help of the school librarian and class teacher, Lailah finds a way of solving her problem without having to hide her belief from her classmates.
Lailah’s lunchbox is a heartfelt tale complemented by stunning and colourful illustrations. It is a story about accepting and handling differences and finding the courage to overcome doubts and anxiety. It is a perfect read for everyone, including children who feel out of place or different in ways not even related to religion.
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Fairy Bears – Dizzy
Written by Julie Skyes
Illustrated by Samantha Chaffey
Ages 5-8 │76 Pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
The first in the Fairy Bear series, this wildly imaginative story captures your attention with beautiful illustrations of a fairy world under a Sycamore tree.
The Fairy Bear – Dizzy is excited to be given her first real task and needs to get it accomplished to move to the senior class. All she needed to do was help a nervous girl about to record a solo for her school’s concert. This should have been easy enough except that she encounters several obstacles and, most importantly, finds herself in a fix when she discovers another problem she needs to fix.
Dizzy can only solve one problem. Should she stop someone from being hurt or focus on the assignment which would get her promoted to the next class?
The book tells an enchanting story of learning from mistakes and making the right choice, even if it is hard. It is written in simple English and contains activities at the back to keep children busy after reading.
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