Give Kids Good Books

Give kids good books

So many kids say they don’t like to read. The above linked article talks about why that might be. Giving kids books that they are interested in would help the situation a lot. Let them choose what they want to read. Give them good options. Don’t make it too easy or too hard on them. Most importantly, give them books that they can relate to.

The books that are mentioned in the article all seem to be good books. Many of them I have read. Some of them my children have read and told me about.

Books I haven’t read that are mentioned in the article.

Piecing Me Together

Anya’s Ghost


The Girl Who Drank The Moon


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Breadwinner

Books I’ve read that are mentioned in the article.


The Hate U Give

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Monday’s Not Coming

Brown Girl Dreaming

#TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

#TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book knowing it was a retelling of Cinderella. The title gives it away.

I was impressed by how the story was modernized and told as if it could actually happen. No mice into horses or pumpkins into carriages. The story just made sense. 

I look forward to reading the sequels to the book, one of these days.

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“On the Come Up.”

Tackling Racial Injustice

On the Come UpOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot. I found a lot of the main characters decisions a little stressful but I think it had a lot to do with being an adult and seeing what a teen’s decision can become.

This is a good lesson about how words can be misconstrued and how they can come back to bite you. It’s a good book for teens to read, and has a lot of lessons in the book. It worthwhile read.

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Angie Thomas

I went out last week to hear Angie Thomas speak on a variety of topics, but mostly on being your own advocate.  It was geared toward middle school students, but it was wonderful to hear her speak. She was talking about speaking up when you see something wrong.   Finding your voice to do what’s right.   I was also thrilled to hear her third book is being published and her second book is becoming a movie.   The trip to see her was worth it.