We talk so often with children about the importance of “trying again.” We expect children to pick themselves up and jump back in after they fail. While we focus on the importance of not giving up, we sometimes gloss over the challenge of processing failure. We don’t acknowledge the lasting emotional damage that can come from a difficult situation. We, as teachers and parents, have the opportunity to show children that learning from your failures can help you try again.
I don’t want to spoil this one for you, because it’s just too good. Dan Santat has already established himself as a favorite author in my third grade classroom, and this latest book does not disappoint. In classrooms, this book will lead to many conversations on the meaning of failure, and the importance of perseverance. It is also a great fit for adults, as Santat describes the book as a metaphor for his wife’s struggles with anxiety. After the Fall is inspiring for all ages.
After the Fall will be released in October 2017 by Roaring Book Press.
Note: Huge thanks to Roaring Book Press for making an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of this book available to read at the International Literacy Association conference. All opinions in this review are my own. Thanks for reading!