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A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story

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LEARN ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

Young readers see a shelter through a child's eyes, showing them what shelters look like, what kinds of services they offer, and what it might be like to stay at one. By deepening their grasp of the impact of homelessness, the story builds empathy and a vocabulary for children to express their thoughts on feelings on the topic.

AUTHOR WITH RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Author Erin Gunti is a social services professional who has specialized in helping children who experience homelessness. To ensure accuracy, the creative team consulted with homeless and shelter experts, as well as families experiencing homelessness. Educational notes at the end include more facts about homelessness and shelters to reinforce learning.

COMBATS STEREOTYPES

Reinforces the reality that there are many reasons a family may experience homelessness, while affirming children who share the main character's perspective. Opens doors for a compassionate conversation with children about the factors that can contribute to homelessness, such as systemic social issues or family and personal challenges.

THE POWER OF CREATIVITY

With her mother's help, the main character uses her imagination to overcome her unease about the new place in a touching display of the power of creativity to help us grow through adversity.

written by Erin Gunti
illustrated by Esteli Meza

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