Recently I spent some time looking for picture books that tackle social justice issues in a sensitive way. Hopefully I will share several but this first one hit me pretty hard. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting does a credible job of describing what it is like to be homeless, employed, and living in an airport. At one point in my life I experienced a similar situation. It is amazing what you can survive and how often folks will overlook someone. During my stay at an international airport (I found a roommate in another airport resident just after a week) I bought orange juice and oatmeal from the same coffee vendor every morning and evening. My lunch occurred at work, a college coffee shop.
This tale contains an unreal authenticity to my own experience and seeing other “Terminal Homeless”. It also facets the lens on what people view as homelessness. I have experienced several types and never has it included living under cardboard. Unless you count an apartment I lived in during college. I am pretty sure the roof was just tacked up cardboard with the number of leaks I experienced that winter. At any rate, sharing this picture book with your kids is worthwhile. Share a picture of what life is like for the economically disadvantaged. There is extreme difficulty in finding affordable housing at minimum wage.
In keeping with a spotlight I am ending this post here but I think this book deserves a place in your social justice younger reader library.