Our Name Matters
In addition to the stunning illustrations and lyrical text, I added Hope is An Arrow to this month's curated titles specifically because it tells the story of a young boy who is forced to transform his story more than once as he grows up. Fleeing religious persecution, Kahlil's family emigrated to America at the turn of the twentieth century and attended public school in Boston. But his Mother sent him back to Lebanon to finish his education because she was worried by how quickly Kahlil assimilated to his new country.
Gibran Kahlil Gibran or Kahlil Gibran? Or both? The various meanings of these names is friend and to restore or repair - which did the Poet live out? Our name matters, especially as we navigate our identity.
McCarthy is an acclaimed, best-selling author of children's books including their verse novel, Name Me America, which won the middle grade category of the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize. Like Kahlil Gibran, their family emigrated from Lebanon and settled in New England. McCarthy lives in Vermont with their family and is on faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Holmes is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which she received several awards, including a Caldecott Honor, the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor; Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth, for which she received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, for which she received the 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Five Resilience-Building Habits for Children
Ideas for Making it Real
I think the strongest resilience skill to teach your child is how to tell her own stories - how to understand her self. This begins with understanding the meaning of her name. Does you kiddo know the meanings of her name and why you chose it for her? This is an excellent place to begin to tell her own story.
There are numerous Name Crafts and Activities for younger children, as well as for elementary age children offered by Teaching Expertise and most are appropriate for using at home. And #TeachingLivingPoets has a wonderful lesson on name poems for older kiddos and teens.
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