Monday, November 9, 2009

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall!

As I have stated before this blog is not supposed to be all about reviews. It is supposed to represent what I did when I worked in the bookstore. A place people can go to get suggestions or recommendations of books for children. As a bookseller and buyer I was constantly looking for events in the world to highlight books for children. I would then make signs and do displays surrounding them.

Today is one of those events. It is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. I remember that day....watching the news and wishing I could be there. It was such an exciting and thrilling moment in history.

Here are some books that I would definitely recommend to anyone who wanted to learn more about this time in our history:
New York Times When the Wall Came Down by Serge Schmemmann
This is the story of a journalist who witnessed the events of November 1989 Germany. A true first hand account that also delves into how Germany got to that point in time.

Escape to West Berlin by Maurine F. Dahlberg
The moving story of a young girl and her life in East Berlin prior to the "Wall" going up.

The Wall by Peter Sis
While not specifically about the Berlin Wall it is a great way to introduce children to the Cold War and what it meant to live during those times. Peter Sis uses illustration and a graphic novel style to explain the life he lead under a communist regime.

These are great books to help explain this momentous day!

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