Perhaps an unusual topic to cover right before Thanksgiving, but an important one nonetheless. Conflicts rage throughout our world and children are not immune to the effects. Books can help provide context, comfort, and connections in difficult times. We as librarians, information professionals, and mentors should consider how to develop a thoughtful, insightful, well-researched collection that look at all aspects of conflict–causes, resolution, survival, meaning, and prevention. The Horn Book has a wonderful article that presents several books to keep in mind.
From the article:
Whether providing historical overview, personal reminiscence, or fictional depiction of events, books about war can take many forms in YA literature. Readers interested in the hows and whys of the world’s conflicts, both past and present, will find much to ponder in the four titles below. Also, be sure not to miss Steve Sheinkin’s newest book, the excellent Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon about the Cold War. (12–16 years, Flash Point/Roaring Brook)