We are delighted to share a few new book recommendations that are also teacher-endorsed! Click here to see the entire intergenerationally-themed list we’ve prepared.
We welcome your input, too. If you have a book to recommend, please send a note to info@BridgesTogether.org.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Yes, my children read The Giver in middle school. But it was not until I learned about it in regards to an intergenerational program that I actually picked up the book and read it myself.
Eighth-grade teachers from Nauset Middle School invite local older adults to read The Giver, do the homework assignments and then participate in discussion groups with the students. The shared experiences lead to wonderful relationships that help people realize our similarities regardless of our age.
At the center of the story is Jonas and his mentor, The Giver, an elder in the community. What unfolds is a story that is rich with topics for intergenerational discussions. So much food for thought, for people of all ages. Each chapter lends itself to a reflective essay/ memoir or an entire lesson.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and writing reflective essays. Stay tuned… Intergenerational lessons may be coming in the future!
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter
When I was running a Bridges training at the Coburn School in West Springfield, I noticed this book on the desk of one of the reading specialists. After asking permission, I picked it up and lo and behold, it had an intergenerational theme! I read it on one of my summer weekend get aways. What a delightful book!
Justin is struggling to find his place in his family and in the world. Why does he have to do chores? Justin’s grandfather invites Justin to spend time at the ranch. Grandpa teaches Justin many valuable life lessons, the importance of doing chores – and doing them well, and how to cook… well, the best biscuits in the world! Readers will enjoy learning about this family that is resilient in the face of the dad’s untimely death, what it’s like to live on a ranch and the history of African-American cowboys in our country.
The jacket says it’s suitable for children ages 8-12 and at a training last week, teachers confirmed that it has been part of the fourth-grade curriculum.
This chapter book is a fun, educational read and would be great for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together. And… if you read it and decide you must make the best biscuits in the world, please send the recipe or a picture of you making them with your grand-families!