Must-Read Books

Must-Read Books

Must-Read Books

Books of Change for Older Children and Adults

Text by Melinda Taylor Schoutens, long time supporter of the BCT

The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to show them that reading is a pleasure activity and that means finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books and letting them read.” – Neil Gaiman.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
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Available at Bider & Tanner

This little blue chapter book has the power to change lives and influence children and even adults. And in such a positive way too.

If you haven’t yet read the book to your children, go buy it now!

Wonder tells the story of Auggie, a child born with a facial difference, and as the reader, we endure his painstaking journey through life. Throughout the pages, the story teaches children empathy and encourages us to celebrate our differences. The book is honest, painful, funny and heartwarming. Thank you, R.J. Palacio, for so many teachable moments.

Oh, and Wonder is also a film, which is worth a watch, but make sure you have a box of Kleenex at the ready!

 

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different by Ben Brooks
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Available at Bider & Tanner

Ah, this book quickly became a favourite at home with both of my children.

The short yet inspirational stories the colourful pictures are all captivating. For some, the honesty and the subject matters may be too mature for small audiences, but I believe openness and honesty are paramount for this family. As an adult, the message is simple. It takes all kinds of people to make this world a beautiful place.

 

The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
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I’ve read this book many times over the years and each time I read this story, not only are the little people that stare up at the pages intrigued, but I too find myself inspired.

The beautifully illustrated book portrays the lives of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Two tenacious inventors, each relentless when it comes to pursuing their dreams. I won’t give away the “secret” the two inventors cling tightly to in the book, but boy is that secret the key to a life well-lived.

What a genuine delight!

 


The BCT is, as always, grateful for Melinda’s support.

Melinda is the co-author of the books Fresh Air Kids Switzerland – 52 Inspiring Hikes That Will Make Kids And Adults Happy”, “Fresh Air Kids Switzerland – My Book of Discoveries“, and “Fresh Air Kids – Hikes to Huts“. You can find the books (in English, German, or French) online from Helvetiq and in all major bookstores in Switzerland. You can follow Melinda and her family’s adventures on their Instagram account @fresh_air_kids and the Fresh Air Kids website.

 

 

 


 

 

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