Education of children: books to talk about difficult subjects

Disability – Four little corners of nothing at all

In the world of Petits Ronds, Petit-Carré is different . Its angles do not pass the round door of the Petits-Ronds house . Is he the one who should change so that he can finally move on? Or would it not be smarter, and more human , to adapt the door, to cut “four little corners of nothing at all” so that Petit-Carré can join the others and fit into their world, which thus would also become his? Thanks to this poetic and geometric metaphor , the author achieves a great book on disability , capable of touching the youngest , and each of us. A jewel! From 2 years old.

Homosexuality – Jérôme by heart

This album is a favorite… and a blow to the heart. It is about a very strong bond between two children , told in the form of a passionate declaration: that of Raphaël to Jérôme. Love ? Friendship ? No matter: we cannot put adult notions on childish emotions . With simple words, the author magnificently recreates the intensity of a relationship as the children experience it , but also the fear of the parents who see in it the beginnings of homosexuality . The answer remains unanswered: this is not the heart of the book which above all and accurately traces the love that two children have the right to have for each other, without the gaze of adults influencing their feelings . From 3 years old.

Mourning – The piano

Since grandma’s death , her black piano has taken over the living room. Impossible to move, to behave as before, as the piano disrupts the relationships of the occupants of the house. Dad, above all, is as dark and silent as the piano… Until the day when a caring friend breaks the silence and revives the music that had deserted the instrument. Through his striking framing and words , the author makes us feel in a dazzling way both the distance generated by the sadness of mourning and the relief of rediscovered lightness. Optimistic and moving. From 3 years old.

Sexuality – How babies are made!

It is the reference for talking about sexuality to young people, a deserved and unparalleled success since its release in 1993. Here, it is the children who, tired of recipes and other vegetable metaphors invented by their ignorant parents, explain to them how it is done, with diagrams and technical vocabulary to support it. It was time for parents to know… talk about it! Funny and even hilarious, informative and not impressive thanks to the children’s drawings which illustrate “the thing”, this album perfectly responds to the curiosity of little ones without revealing too much… or not enough. Unavoidable. From 4 years old.

Pedophilia – Lili was followed

We no longer present “Max and Lili”, these mini-books which, through the daily experiences of its heroes, tackle all subjects of education and society . Practical and fun, they combine fiction and questioning, to provoke debate and reflection, to alert without causing anxiety . The volume devoted to the risk of pedophilia is exemplary: we read Lili’s story as if it were necessarily someone else’s story. For his brother Max , moreover, it is above all the story of his sister… But, little by little, everyone becomes aware that this story could be theirs, at the same time as they identify the means to protect against it . From 5 years old.

Alcoholism – It’s Written Up There

This book illustrates the theme of family atavism , of these heredities that are sometimes heavy to bear. The main character is a little boy torn between passivity in the face of his so-called destiny and the desire to understand and act . With the luminous naivety and seriousness of childhood , he draws his conclusions: no, the alcoholism of his father and grandfather will not pass through him. For what? Because he decided it, from his young years. The writing, precise and free from moral judgment , never veers into caricature and the author accomplishes the feat of making people laugh and smile . A concentrate of intelligence and nuances, which encourages self-esteem. From 5 years old.

Same parenthood – The princess who didn’t like princes

Alice Brière-Haquet, Lionel Larchevêque, Actes Sud Junior, “Benjamin” collection, €7.50. In this fairy tale , with a frankly amusing tone, only the ending differs (slightly) from tradition . The princess does not find her prince charming but her fairy charming. The story does not say whether the two manage to marry or have children, but they certainly live happily. Through the traditional tale , the author evokes the encounter with love which governs the desire to unite or to found a family . The open ending suggests, more than it describes, the particular situation of the heroines , leaving each reader the freedom to add their experiences and to address the realities of same-sex parenthood . From 5 years old.

Alzheimer’s disease – The story of the fox who no longer had his wits about him

Martin Baltscheit, Rue du monde, €15. The old fox , who was admired by everyone, loses his memory . His vocabulary shrinks as his need for others grows. However, its inconsistencies generate humor and empathy in the reader . The bias of this beautiful album consists in bringing us at times into the head of this endearing character , even when he forgets to hunt, to feed… or who he is. A literary and supportive look at the decline at the end of life and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease . From 5 years old.

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