There were 4 books that I required my children to read and they did so before 6th grade:
|Yes I Can||Sammy Davis Jr. & Jane & Burt Boyar|
|I Always Wanted to be Somebody||Althea Gibson|
|I Can’t Accept not Trying||Michael Jordan|
Please note, I am by no means recommending that you run out and purchase these books. They were relevant to the beliefs and values that I wanted to instill in my children. They are inspirational in nature and provide role models who not only understood the “struggle” but persevered in their efforts to successfully achieve their dreams. You need to find books that support the message you are trying to send to your children. Take steps to ensure that your kids see that they did not invent “hard times”, that the things that are happening to them did not start when they were born; Bullying is NOT a new concept, and that they should not be afraid to dream or embarrassed to communicate that dream to all who will listen.
Yes, I said 4 books. The fourth book is “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. It is excellent for helping beginning readers learn and practice. The short stories are in word families:
Red Red They call me Red.
Red Bed I am in bed.
Red Ned Ted and Ed in Bed.
Vivian C. Clark I read Yes I can when I was in my early twenties, I was so moved by it I just hung on ti it. Every now & then I would share it with a friend. As the years passed I had a daughter Christie Olsen) who by chance loved to read, She got ahold of that book and read it from cover to cover in a matter of a day or two. It became one of her favorites….in time she had a daughter…then she had her daughter read it…& so the cycle repeated itself. Truly a wonderful read.