Theme: Genuine Kindness
Best for: Third Grade
“I couldn’t believe myself. All of a sudden it was like there was no door between my brain and my mouth. As for Gerald Willis, he was a fifth-grader, a troublemaker, and a bully.” In this well-written children’s book, we find out that being kind is a 24/7 occupation, not reserved for winning points.
Theme: Bullying, Coming of Age
Best for: 10 to 12
“It was where I belonged. And–here was the best part–so did everybody else belong. Everybody who is and ever was. I wasn’t alone after all. I was connected to it all. That star…it’s my neighbor.” This is a thoughtful and important book, just like the other books that Spinelli has written.. this one about growing up, and also about bullying.
Best for: ages 12 and up
“I see, I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I’m not outside my world anymore, and I’m not really inside it either. The thing is, there’s no difference anymore between me and the universe.” Where do I begin to sing the praises of this fabulous children’s book for teens? It is about the most essential message you can give to teens…