"When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, and foretold their future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for The Storyteler."
I believe in the power of stories. I've witnessed first hand how they create a shared language between strangers, impart wisdom from the experienced to the young, bring people together. The elements of a good story act like street signs on a map o the world, giving you directions, showing you the way others like or not like you live. How different isn't a barrier from being similar in some respects, and with that in mind, we are all one.
Being a little quirky, a little less mainstream than a lot of other parents means that the standard 'white bread' kids books don't share many touchstones with the world as my son knows it. This is both a good thing and bad thing, in that these stories show him how the general population live, but also how in many respects, we do things differently around here. I've trawled Amazon for offbeat stories to share with him, to help him see that he isn't alone out there, that all around the world there are people with crazy parents just like his. I hope this teaches him that its OK to be different- different is what makes the world such an interesting place. Importantly, I hope that he stories I share with my son teach him that no matter how different you think you are, you are never alone.
Without further ado, I bring you a list of rad kids books about being different, all available for purchase at Folio Books (support local retailers!) or Amazon.com
|My Tattooed Dad, by Daniel Nesquens|
|Different Like Coco, by Elizabeth Matthews|
|Frank Was A Monster Who Wanted To Dance, By Keith Graves|
|All Kinds of Families, by Mary Ann Hoberman|
|I'm Gonna Like Me, by Jamie Lee Curtis- YES! *That* Jamie Lee Curtis!!|
|Rocker Babies Wear Jeans, by Michelle Sinclair Colman|