New Beginnings/ January 2: In Children’s Books

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.”
-from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

‘You cannot change what you are, only what you do.’
― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

Starting Over Can Be Challenging and Difficult, But The Rewards Great.

Starting over can definitely be challenging, especially if it involves making major changes in your life or leaving behind familiar things. It can be difficult to leave behind the comfort and security of what you already know, and it can be intimidating to face the unknown. However, starting over can also be very rewarding. It can give you the opportunity to make a fresh start, to try new things, and to pursue your goals and dreams in a way that may not have been possible before. It can also be a chance to grow and learn new things about yourself and the world around you. While it may be difficult at times, the rewards of starting over can be great, and can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Stories can teach children about the importance of hope, determination, and the power of positive thinking as they embark on new beginnings and face challenges. They also show the value of family and the strength of sibling bonds.

Here is a great list of books for younger children recommended by a woman called Erica, who tells us a bit about each book.

Devon A. Corneal also has a great list and recommendations for younger and middle-grade children on this link

The premise of new beginnings in teenage novels is often centered around the idea of starting a new phase in life, whether it be starting high school, moving to a new town, or transitioning into young adulthood. These new beginnings can be exciting but also intimidating, and the characters in these novels often face challenges as they navigate their way through these changes. They may struggle to fit in with their new peers, deal with family issues, or grapple with their own personal insecurities. Ultimately, the goal of these stories is to show the characters growing and learning from these experiences, and emerging stronger and more confident as a result.

Here is a list and recommendations of some of the top teenage novels ever, which cover many of the challenges mentioned.

Seasons Of Life
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

Life brings many seasons
Change happens for a reason
So as one ending occurs
Look forward, open the doors.

A new beginning a time to do
All of the things you want to.
A time to look at yourself
And put away any doubts.

Believe that you can succeed
You have the potential to exceed
So take a deep breath and go
Don't be discouraged if it's slow.

A season ends and a new one begins
Don't lose your smile or your grin
With a positive attitude with you
You will find success in all you do.

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