Some of the children in Leslie Abbott’s classroom live with relatives or in shelters, having no regular home as their base. Recognizing these kids just want to “fit in,” Abbott, a National Louis University graduate student, uses children’s books with a motif of diversity to help them realize that one can differ from the norm and still be accepted.
Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable profiled Abbott and her professor Toby Rajput, assistant professor in NLU’s Reading, Language and Literacy program, in his Thursday column, “A Book with Diversity Gives Kids the Gift of Empathy.”
Rajput, who is also children’s literature librarian at National Louis University’s Center for Teaching through Children’s Books, explained that children can imagine themselves in the lives of a book’s characters, and thus develop empathy for other people.
The Daily Herald column also highlighted Rajput’s list of Holiday Gift Book Recommendations for 2015, featured on NLU’s website. If you’re shopping for a child or teen this holiday season, the list contains suggestions that will expose children to new ideas and worlds they might not have known about before, in a positive spirit.
Learn more about NLU’s Master’s in Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading Education
Learn more about NLU’s Master’s in Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Study in Language and Literacy