(children)

grunge/lucid ☯

Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.
beauty on the inside doesn’t get you free drinks.
MUST READ: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

'Wonder' is essentially … a wonder. It's well-written, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, 'Wonder' touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected ways, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it.” - Nicholas Sparks

Anywhere before the age of 12, you seldom question whether you are a “good” human being. Your priorities lie in making friends, learning math, eating ice cream and getting to the swing set first. If you are fortunate enough, your parents educate you on matters of the heart and the importance of kindness and acceptance. Enter, August Pullman, a ten-year old boy with a facial deformity, who has been home schooled and sheltered his entire life until now. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, August yearns to be treated and seen as an ordinary kid, except August is different. In general, other children are not suspiciously stared at and don’t cause other kids to run and yell at the playground by their sight. It is clear that August’s first day of school, already a nerve wrecking experience for an ordinary kid, will become a challenge when he discovers that others are not as loving and warm as his family. 

"I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking is probably worse."

Weaving in eight characters’ perspective, Palacio writes a beautiful narrative, which explores the duality of childhood: the innocence of goodness and the innocence of brutality. Palacio creates an incredible family support system,with a courageous lead, August. Unlike other leads, August is courageous because he has developed internal acceptance. He understands that he has an extraordinary face, and it is his job to prove to his classmates that he is more than a physical anomaly. Although his classmates cannot fathom the extensive surgeries and the effect his appearance has on his life, August is realistic. He says: “They were just being normal dumb kids.” Calling her novel “a meditation on kindness,” we strongly suggest that Wonder is read to children of all ages. This novel will enrich their education on life and humanity. We promise that August is tender, heart-warming, and beautiful inside and out. Overall we take with much consideration Palacio’s words:

“…Empathy is something that can [not] be taught. It can only be inspired.”

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Manga Recommendation: Children, Babies, Babysitters/Childcare

List of series that have children and/or babies (as main or side characters); many include themes such as babysitting or childcare.

  1. Aishiteru Baby
  2. Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni!
  3. Bokura wa Bara no Ko
  4. Chichi Kogusa
  5. Chikyuu Koushinkyoku
  6. Double Baby
  7. Flat (Aogiri Natsu)
  8. Forever Honey
  9. Gakuen Alice
  10. Gakuen Babysitters
  11. Hinatama
  12. Junjou Drop
  13. Kingyozaka Noboru
  14. Kisu yori mo Hayaku
  15. Kokoro ni Hana o!!
  16. Love So Life
  17. Magnet na Watashi-tachi
  18. Mamacolle
  19. Momo Lover
  20. My Girl (Sahara Mizu)
  21. Neko no Machi no Ko
  22. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
  23. Orange Yane no Chiisana Ie
  24. Papa to Mama Hajimemashita.
  25. Shoujo Shounen Gakkyuudan
  26. Soryanaize Darling
  27. The Children’s Teacher, Mr. Kwon
  28. Usagi Drop
  29. Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu
  30. Yoningurashi
  31. Yotsubato!