Recommended Nesting Reads: Stories to Share
Story is the way that our human family makes sense of the world and how each individual finds their place in it. Children benefit from knowing the stories of their own family, as they seek belonging in their culture and society.
As the author of What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories writes, "Family stories can be told nearly anywhere. They cost us only our time, our memories, our creativity. They can inspire us, protect us, and bind us to others. So be generous with your stories, and be generous in your stories. Remember that your children may have them for a lifetime."
Story gives us the opportunity to frame the ways we want to be together as we pursue our hopes and dreams. They help our children understand the roots of those hopes and dreams and ground their abilities to grow their own wings.
As 8-year-old Ruby said, "Being brave is going up, being pulled up. Then the freedom comes when you are flying like a bird."
Stories give us courage. They pull us up. This article from Greater Good offers adults some support in considering the stories we are telling with children about these times. Below are a selection of picture books we hope will inspire further conversations at home.
Try to be honest about the complexity that co-mingles with all that is going on around us. Children don't need the world to be more simple. They just need to know what stories we are telling to help us find our way through.