Forget Dickens and Shakespeare. Here are 10 books that I think ought to be required reading for kids today.
Middle School Required Reading
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda – This book will open students eyes to the reality of living in a third world country.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes – For young people who did not live through 9/11, this book will help them understand what happened.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This riveting tale is one of the best WWII stories I’ve ever read.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – You can never read too many books about acceptance.
George by Alex Gino – Be who you are. Accept others as they are.
High School Required Reading
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern – This book is about dealing with the consequences of inactivity, about friendship, and about accepting those who are different.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – This story explores what it means to be a girl or a boy.
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu – This book would be my #1 pick. It outlines how much harm can come from gossip. It’s heartbreaking and too true.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Understanding another’s life experience is hard, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. There is too much prejudice in this world, and perhaps this book can help us end it.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern – Disabilities can be visible or not. This book discusses how every person is of value regardless of their body’s abilities.
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