"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles William Eliot
As a mentor, your guidance, stability and often times just your listening ear provides comfort to your mentee in their times of hardship. Your time shared is a source of support throughout the week, but where can your student turn when you or another inspiring adult is not available? In times of stress, whether it be school related, stemming from problems at home, or just internal anxiety, a book can be the perfect, calming, friend.
Karen MacPherson, children and teen services coordinator for the Takoma Park Library, created a list of books to help instill hope in youth and nurture the call to spread that hope throughout their peers during times of trouble. For young readers, MacPherson focuses her recommended reads on kindness, peace and feeling proud of who you are as an individual. Reinforcing these character traits is important for all students, regardless of age or background, but especially vital to those youth who do not have much support in their lives. For teen students, MacPherson seeks out books focusing on diversity and children overcoming overwhelming odds to make a difference in the world.
Click to view the entire article here, 19 Books to Help Children find Hope and Strength in Stressful Times: A Librarian's List.