Megan Recommends – Afghan Dreams

Book Recommendation For Tweens and Teens –

Afghan Dreams By Tony O’Brien and Mike Sullivan


This book tells the story of young children in Afghanistan and their dreams for their country and themselves.  Each page has the story of a child or teen with their picture.  It has stunning photographs that capture the essence of the children that are telling their stories.   It teaches students about people their own age who are, in some ways, completely different from themselves and in other ways very similar.  Through the stories of children ages 8 to 18 we hear of their lives, hopes and dreams.

One extension activity that I have done is to have students take a picture of each other and have them write a paragraph about their lives, telling their story.  I asked them to write about one struggle, one trimuph and one hope for their future.  Then we created a cover using all of their photographs and made it into a book.  It was interesting to see them relate to one another through a shared experience or story.

It would be a great book for any library, resource centre, school or classroom.

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