Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Books: For Family Discussions

The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

The Giver series by Lois Lowry is one of my favorites!  The first book probably fell into my hands in 5th or 6th grade, so I gotta admit I'm pretty nostalgic about it.  Somehow, I only recently found out about the sequel novels, so you can probably guess how happy I've been with my reading selections these past few months.  Whenever I had down time at the elementary school I used to work at, I'd turn to this, and be able to recommend them to the kids, too!  Why do I love them, you say? Because the main issue in this book is questioning rules or authority within your society.  It urges you to think about the lines between personal freedom and public safety.  The stories are told with such real details, that it's easy to compare to your own community & relate to it, which is creepy because it reads as a cautionary tale.  Anyway, it covers deep human issues that are important to discuss! It asks things like..what does a perfect world look like? Why is it important to remember how people lived in the past? Why is diversity important? If you're interested in reading this series, see if you can find a friend or family member to share it with :)


  1. I loved the Giver when I was a kid. How did I not realize that it was a series?!

    1. I think they're making a movie of it soon, too :)

  2. I actually just used these books in a class on bibliotherapy for kids. I've always had mixed feelings on the Giver having sequels since the author was so set on leaving the ending ambiguous for so long. But the other books are good too- well, I haven't read Son yet. Did you like it?

  3. The Giver is part of a series?! Why has this been kept from me! Love that book!