You may have seen these eye catching books advertised online, on display in shops or libraries and wondered what they were. These books are conversation starters for children, each books tackles a challenging topic or abstract concept and discusses it with the reader and the child. These are books designed to be read together, they are there to facilitate a conversation about tough topics.
The books use simple language and are written in a first person perspective from the author as they discuss what the topic is and how it has affected them. The books focus on typography and colour to help tell the story, there are no characters other than the author, and at the end of the book is a space to write notes and sometimes there are questions they can be asked and discussed.
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The books cover a range of topics from racism, death, feminism, cancer, empathy, body image, anxiety, and depression. While these are quite heavy hitting topics, children are not stupid nor are they blind to the way the world works around them.
A Kids Book About series are great ways to start a conversation – the books do not pull punches, they are written by people who have experience and knowledge about the topics, and the authors are honest with their experiences. Regardless of the topic the books try to place the power in the child’s hands – letting them know that they have the knowledge now, that they can seek change, and that they can have hope.
Despite the heavy subjects, A Kids Book About series are quite optimistic in their portrayals of topics and are amazing resources for when children ask questions that are hard to answer. I would really recommend picking up one of these gems and giving them a go – who knows, you may learn something.