If you are looking for living books about the Great Depression, I am going to introduce you to one of my secrets today.
Reiman Publications has produced some wonderful books dealing with the Great Depression. The first one I’m going to share with you is We Had Everything But Money (Priceless Memories of the Great Depression). It is described as: “from strong people who tell in their own words what it was like when banks closed and hearts opened.”
There are so many things that make this book great for reading with younger children. First, each story is short, often just half a page to a page. Second, the book is full of photographs. And, third, many of the stories are about children themselves.
The chapters are:
- When the Banks Closed, Our Hearts Opened…
- Braving the Dirty ’30s
- Looking for Work
- Beans, Bacon and Gravy
- Make It Last, Wear It Out
- Cherished Photos
- How We Got Around
- Love and Marriage
- How We Had Fun
- Christmases We Remember
This book is truly a gem and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s highly engaging and I cannot imagine many children not finding the stories fascinating. The stories paint an accurate picture of the Depression, but in a positive, can-do kind of way. The book will bring about many great discussions amongst family members and can also be a great launching place for discussions about character traits.
Bottom line: If you’re learning about the Great Depression, get this book.