Monday, July 1, 2013

Nel Noddings & A Book List

"If we decide that the capacity to care is as much a mark of personhood as reason and rationality, then we will want to find ways to increase this capacity." - Nel Noddings


In the spirit of Nel Noddings, I have started to put together a mentor text list of books that encourage a dialogue around ethics, choices, and caring. One idea for extending conversations might be to have small groups of students write prologues or epilogues to help express how they saw through a character's lens. Exploring the diverse characters and how they came to make and reflect upon their actions, will offer participants critical discourse opportunities.


Picture Books
  • Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
  • Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
  • Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne
  • Gorilla by Anthony Browne
  • Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby
  • Hey, Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose
  • Fox by Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks
  • Night Diary by Paul Hunt
  • The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • Thanks to the Animals by Rebekah Raye
  • Friends by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Everyday Dress Up by Alko
  • The Robot & the Bluebird by Lucas
  • Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

Books for Grade 4 and Above  

  • The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick   

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