Top 5 – Inspirational children’s literature

May 17, 2020 | Top 5

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Dr. Amy Vessel

Amy VesselDr. Amy Vessel is the James R. Mays Endowed Professor in the College of Education and director of the Clinical Residency and Recruitment Center. She is also the co-chair of the Children’s Choices Committee that has brought more than 14,000 books to North Louisiana school libraries and classrooms. She loves children’s literature that inspires educators, students, friends, and families, readers of all ages. So we asked her, what books do you enjoy sharing with others and why?

  1. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds: We all have someone in our lives that inspires us to follow our dreams. The lesson in this book is to “Make your Mark and see where it takes you.”
  2. What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom: This book encourages us to follow our dreams and watch them grow. They might even change the world.
  3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: It’s a classic story showing us what unconditional love looks like.
  4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst: “Some days are like that. Even in Australia.” We can all relate to this classic. Bad days happen, but we should look forward to better tomorrows.
  5. Waiting by Kevin Henkes: It’s amazing the beautiful things we will see out in the world when we take time to stop and reflect and wait. Here is a link to Kevin Henkes reading his award-winning book and sharing his artistic gifts drawing the characters.