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Children’s Books that Adults Should Read

Jacqueline Woodson's Harbor Me - I just finished reading this book with Jonathan (it was my second time through). I'm not sure what he thought, but (as he pointed out to Kirk) I cried at least twice and teared up more. He was disappointed in parts because there wasn't enough action, but I think it grabbed him eventually. We had some good, though difficult, discussions about Tamir Rice, about ICE, about how much we love our dogs, about drunk driving. And the writing! The sentences! I could just dive in at any point and revel in the beauty of Woodson's writing. The characters are so real, and Haley's communication of her need to hang onto the uniqueness of her experience in the ARTT room is lovely.

Other Recommendations

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan

L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls

R. J. Palacio's Wonder

Gary D. Schmidt's Orbiting Jupiter

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