At 1 PM, join 27th Letter Books and Margarett McBride for a storytime and letter writing workshop centered around her newly released book, Dear Dad: Love, Nelson. Centering relationships between incarcerated people and their children, this book is an important entry way into significant topics like emotional responses to parental incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline.
After storytime, Margarett will lead a letter writing workshop.
Read more about the book below!
Dear Dad: Love, Nelson is a glimpse into the life, family, struggles, hopes, and questions of Nelson—and the more than five million other children in the US who have experienced parental incarceration. Told through letters he writes his father, Nelson shares his feelings, thoughts, wishes, and happenings, from the celebrations they've had to the progress Nelson has made on the car they were fixing to how excited he is to have Dad coming home.
Author Margarett McBride has had several family members impacted by the criminal legal system and was inspired to write this warm and inviting story to build awareness of parental incarceration and increase empathy for people who have an incarcerated loved one. Dear Dad: Love, Nelson is told in Nelson's vibrant, curious, and compassionate voice, with his love for his dad and his family shining through.
Dear Dad: Love, Nelson opens doors to conversation about many significant topics, including:
different emotional responses to parental incarceration
the school-to-prison pipeline
differences in celebrations without a parent
the importance of keeping in contact
the expectations of the court and the experience of visitation
the anticipation of reentry
A section at the back of the book offers discussion questions for exploring the story and the topic with children, along with more information on guiding children to write letters as a way of staying in touch with an incarcerated loved one.