I love kids’ books. They’re my passion in life, and I’ve dedicated my career to them now more than ever because of my love for them, and because I know how much of an impact they have on children’s lives. One of the many things I love about kids’ books is that they can impart messages to children, and that these messages can really make a difference in a kid’s life. One of these messages is very important to me: community spirit. I love how kids’ books teach community spirit so early on, and I love including this message in my books.
Of course, not all children’s books tell tales full of team efforts and community togetherness, but some of my favorite ones do. The cool part about this is that community spirit can be taught in many different ways through many different characters and story lines. Children can see how teamwork and togetherness within communities of friends, family, and towns can be essential in combating different issues and situations.
It is also beautiful to speak with children after reading a book, and having conversations about the book or the story with them once the book is over. I believe that part of the art of teaching children through these stories lies in how you approach these topics after reading the stories with them. This can help bring their attention to the message within a book, and can also help point out the ways in which, in this particular case, the community came together to solve a problem.
These conversations with children can go many different ways, and some of my favourite involve asking kids questions such as “Did you see how x and y characters had a problem, and that their whole community of friends came together to help them solve it?” or “If you were in this story, how would you help x character solve their problem?”. These kinds of questions help them think more about the important message in stories, and it also helps them think in that way when they’re presented with issues themselves.
The message of community spirit is a beautiful one to spread to children because at those ages we rely heavily on others to help us with most things from daily tasks to problem-solving. It’s important for children to know that they have a community of family and friends that are more than willing to help them through any situation, and it is also essential to help them realize that they can provide that same amount of help to the others in their community when it’s needed.
Community spirit, or a sense of community, has been something humans have always had. It is argued that it’s thanks to this community spirit and moving as a unit that humankind has survived as well as we have. So not only is community spirit incredibly rewarding for us as humans, but it’s actually essential to keeping our communities “alive” and well.
Therefore, imparting this important message to our kids from a young age is absolutely essential, and you can use great stories and books as tools for this goal. They will love the time they get to spend with you reading the stories, and they will also greatly benefit from the valuable lesson they learn from them. So next time you read a book in which community spirit is a focus, try talking to your kid(s) about the community spirit, ask them when they’ve helped their community or when the community has helped them, and create a healthy and fun conversation around it. Good luck!