Love in Action: Children’s Literature to Promote Hope and Counter Fear
Congressman John Lewis uses the phrase “love in action” when speaking about the nonviolent revolution of the 1960s. When faced with systemic oppression, Congressman Lewis and fellow civil rights marchers led with love. Today, we are faced once again as a nation with divisive, harmful rhetoric and actions that threaten the values of civil liberties this country is founded upon. Yet, millions of Americans and people around the world are countering these actions by demonstrating “love in action”. At The Classroom Bookshelf, we believe that our classrooms should always be places fueled by hope, inclusivity, understanding, and most of all, love. We also believe that classrooms are spaces where all children should find connection and a sense of belonging. Books can help us get there. Books transmit values and let young people know they are not alone. Books are our ally if we want to promote hope and counter fear.
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About Katie Cunningham
Katie is a Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College. There she is also the Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Social and Emotional Learning and Whole Child Education. Her work focuses on children’s literature, joyful literacy methods, and literacy leadership. Katie is the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools. Her book Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness will be released September 2019. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.
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