Home, Even in the Most Dangerous of Times and Places

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For the Guardian, Julia Eccleshare explores why homelessness is rarely represented in children’s literature. What she finds is that novels for young readers tend to capitalize on the idea of “home” as a place of “fundamental security,” a theme that young readers can easily comprehend:

But perhaps the specifics of homelessness in terms of either time or place is not the most significant feature. What matters is that the reader can get some sense of the enormous, often terrifying emotions that typically accompany being without a fixed home and, in contrast, understand the resourceful ways in which children can create “home-like” environments for themselves even in the most dangerous of times and places.


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →