"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some but for everyone."
- Hal David
The election rocked me. It took a few days to work through my feelings and emotions, and during that time I turned to music and picture books. In addition to the song above, I listened to Alicia Keys' Holy War at least a dozen times a day.
Then I turned to social media and appreciated the KidLit community's response - the obligation to create. Create books that teach empathy and tolerance and respect. Books that celebrate our differences and diverse cultures. Books that give children a voice and confidence and hope. Books that instill a love of learning and appreciation for literature. Books that heal.
And so, I turned to picture books. Here are some favorites my daughter and I read.
And after nourishing my soul with books of hope, compassion, tolerance, respect, love, and kindness, I took to pen and paper, and I wrote.
Check out these additional resources for more books that teach empathy and kindness.
"Maybe we should love somebody. Oh, maybe we can care a little more..."
- Alicia Keys
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