Monday, April 2, 2012

Titanic Centennial & Kids

One hundred years ago this month, on the night between April 14th and 15th, the great Titanic, the unsinkable ship, sank. "Titanic A Magnet for Kids, a Fine Line for Educators," an article from WTHR, points out the appeal and tension inherent in the tragedy as both young and old alike are drawn to this monumental and mournful tragedy. A tragedy in which most of the survivors were children!

The first title mentioned in the article, Titanic Sinks! (full of primary sources) is at least currently available in our Titanic display. You'll also find other great reads appropriate for children in our display, including Gordon Korman's Titanic series (Unsinkable, Collision Course, & S.O.S.) & Mary Pope Osbourne's Magic Tree House fiction and non-fiction Titanic titles.

Innocent youth and harsh reality, fact and fiction, the sinking of the Titanic offers much to discuss and learn from!

(Adults, in preparation for dinner table conversation with your children, keep an eye out in the coming days for some great TV series on the Titanic; Julian Fellowes of Downton Abby has his own version ...)

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