Stories about refugees and immigration flood our screens and overheard conversations every day. Sometimes we forget that there are individual lives behind the headlines. Cultivating empathy for those with different experiences of the world can be especially challenging for the children in our lives, who are just learning to see themselves in others.
Juana is a typical little girl. She has a best friend who is a dog named Lucas, and a best friend who is a person name Juliana. She lives with her mom and has fun and interesting grandparents. The only big difference between you and Juana is that she lives in Bogota, Colombia. Juana resists boring things like school work and learning to speak English. But when her plans a big trip, she rethinks whether English is a waste of time. Can Juana learn English so that her grandparents will take her to Spaceland in Orlando, Florida?
SLCL just wrapped up our latest Write Stuff contest. We had over 200 entries this year! Writers had to incorporate the line “Well, that was unexpected” into their stories. Our young authors rose to the challenge, coming up with unique stories. Our judges enjoyed reading every one of them but making a final decision was tough.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.
Are you feeling a little cranky today? I bet you're not as cranky as "Grumpopotamus (and the Crankosaurus Rex)"! Watch this funny pop video by the Sugar Free Allstars and I promise you'll be smiling by the end.
Andrea W., Youth Services
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown has never lived on a farm before. She’s never really been to a farm before. But since her Great-Uncle Jim died and left his farm to her family, that is where they are living. It’s a big change from their home in Los Angeles, but Sophie is ready for adventure.
"I don't want to because boys don't write poetry.