There is so much to be sad about today and, seemingly, every day. The moments of light and silliness are so quickly overshadowed by politics and just plain meanness. People are unsettled. Animals are struggling to survive.
Although they seem to spring from two completely different ideas, these books are a nice pair to read when you are feeling overwhelmed by it all. Look at how science connects us all! Look at the love in the world! It’s a place to start, anyway, and a way to talk with kids about our roles and choices in this battered world. Can we change it all? Maybe not. But we aren’t powerless, either. Be strong, brothers and sisters. Look forward. Persist.
Fur, Feather, Fin: all of us are kin by Diane Lang and Stephanie Laberis
All of Us by Carin Berger