Book: WonderWonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

So you’ve probably heard of this one, but I could not resist putting it up on my reviews and recommendations list. In my mind, Wonder should be required reading for all children (and their parents). At it’s core, Wonder is the story of being different and how people think and feel about folks with differences. It challenges readers to think about how much they judge people based on outward appearances. It’s a great book for conversations about “other.”

If you are a middle grade teacher, I think you’ve got to find a way to get this story into the hearts of your children. If you are a parent, read this and then read it with your kids. Take the time to talk about it, get your children’s reactions, work together on your own experiences of being “other” and seeing “other.”

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