By Jacqueline Woodson
Chloe will not talk to or include the new girl, Maya. Maya doesn’t wear new clothes or look like Chloe’s friends. One day, the teacher talks to the class about how important each act of kindness is and how it has a ripple effect into people’s lives. Chloe wants to make things right, but she never has her chance. This is a beautiful story that reminds us all that each action we take or don’t take affects those around us.
By R. J. Palacio
August Pullman, Auggie to his family and friends, was born with a genetic disorder caused him to be physically disfigured. Previously homeschooled, Auggie starts school at Beecher Prep, and Wonder is the story of his first year there. This rich story provides the grounds for authentic discussions about friendship, bullying, acceptance, forgiveness, and the strength of the human spirit. If you enjoyed Wonder already, look into The Julian Chapter or Pluto.
Ping is an excellent gardener, and he is thrilled to learn that the emperor is using a gardening challenge to choose the next emperor of China. Ping works carefully to nourish the seed and help it grow. Will Ping be able to grow a flower worthy of the emperor?