Real Life

For discussion: What are the everyday experiences, for better or worse, that make up life? What do we mean when we say “That doesn’t happen in real life” or “That’s life!”? What is it about our families, our friends, ourselves, that makes us laugh or cry or just keep going?

Harry dirty dogSession 1: Life’s Tough

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
  • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman

Session 2: Life’s Crazy

  • Could Be Worse by James Stevenson
  • Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
  • Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Session 3: Life’s What You Make It

  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams