There are a number of International Holocaust Remembrance Days. This is a great time to talk to children about prejudice, justice, love for our fellowmen, and acceptance. World War II is part of the 6th grade course of study and when I talk with my students about the atrocities of this time period, they have difficulty believing that this could happen and they ask, “Why didn’t someone stop it?” Of course, those are the same questions we all ask. There are some great children’s picture books to read with your grandchildren that would help to start a conversation. Below are three that I read to my students every year as we approach the subject subtly and with sensitivity. I would recommend them for ages 5 – adult.
The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti
Let the Celebrations Begin by Margaret Wild & Julie Vivas