Welcome to the UC Economics Center's Online Book Club! Look for posts for the book clubs you've signed up for and respond to the questions in the comment section. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Val Krugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.556.2949 with any questions you may have.
Stillwater the Panda offers important lessons to his friends about the importance of kindness and empathy towards others. Stillwater tells the children three stories about patience, sharing and compassion, helping them to learn how to be well-rounded individuals. Gentle humor and “ah ha” moments keep things from getting preachy and Muth’s illustrations are marvelous as … Continue reading August 14, 2020, Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth
This book asks the reader to reflect on small moments of life. Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations of the animals that take us on the journey are magnificent and exquisite. “What do you love about life?” Rylant asks, as she proceeds to demonstrate the beauty of seemingly ordinary moments like a bird soaring. She asks us to … Continue reading August 7, 2020, Life, by Cynthia Rylant
You may wonder why I have have this quirky, dark book on a list about books that teach emotional intelligence. Well, the sly narrative requires kids to engage their brains and debate ethical questions. Why does the story end the way it does? Is that right or wrong? Plus, encouraging kids to approach all kinds … Continue reading July 24, 2020, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This picture book about a ruler who lies and lies and lies is quite the timely tale. When children lie (and they all do, eventually) they must deal with the emotions of guilt and regret, only then can they move forward. The Lying King‘s story is told in clever rhymes and depicts how lies snowball … Continue reading July 17, 2020, The Lying King by Alex Beard
Did you like the book? Would you use this in the classroom? Why or why not?
I love young Jabari! Having a growth mindset means facing your fears, even if it takes a little extra time, and a bit of loving encouragement. Jabari thinks he is ready for the diving board, but it is such a big step! His dad lets him know that it’s okay to feel scared and Jabari … Continue reading July 10, 2020, Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Who was your favorite character in this book? What economic message do you think you have learned through this character?
Every kid (and grown-up) has to deal with a bad day, or lots of bad days, really. Sammy has a really, really bad day. It seems like everything is going wrong and not only that, but his autistic brother, Benji is also experiencing a rough day. Sammy notices that Benji has a special place just … Continue reading July 3, 2020, Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla
With upper middle school students, read “The Tale of Two Schools”, a New York Times Magazine article that in many ways documents the cultural, social, economic, and academic divides that Jordan feels living between his two worlds of home and school. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/04/magazine/tale-of-two-schools.html After reviewing this article, talk a bit about how economics impact school.
This is such an interesting and extraordinary book that will get your children talking and thinking critically about what it means to have perspective and how perspective might influence our opinions and actions. The text is very simple, identifying who “saw a cat” and the illustration of the cat changes based on the viewer. How … Continue reading July 31, 2020, They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel