A Chair for My Mother BWBC Discussion Questions

What’s better than reading books? Talking to people about reading books!  We hope you enjoyed reading A Chair for My Mother with kids around the world this month. Here are some questions to spark discussion at your BIG WORLD Book Club meeting. Feel free to post your thoughts to our BIG WORLD Book Club Facebook group . What did you like about this book? How are … Continue reading A Chair for My Mother BWBC Discussion Questions

Diverse Firefighter Toys

Elementary kids often learn about firefighters and other community helpers at school. This month’s BIG WORLD Book Club pick A Chair for My Mother lets children see a perspective often left out of these lessons–that of a child experiencing a fire and then rebuilding her life afterwards. Educators and parents should consider sharing this book as a way to help address fires and other disasters in … Continue reading Diverse Firefighter Toys

Design Your Perfect Chair

Here’s a simple learning activity inspired by this month’s book club pick A Chair for My Mother: design your perfect chair. All you need is paper and pencil–or any other drawing tool like crayons, markers, or water colors. You could even try to sculpt chairs out of play dough! If you’d prefer, you can use this drawing tutorial from learntodraw.today to draw your perfect chair. To … Continue reading Design Your Perfect Chair

Meet Vera B. Williams

Vera Baker Williams (1927-2015) grew up in the Bronx, New York. She had a first career as a teacher and artist, but she started writing and illustrating books in her late 40s. Her best known book is A Chair for My Mother, which won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor. Many of her books reflect her life experience as a child of Jewish immigrants living … Continue reading Meet Vera B. Williams