The movie Wonder has struck the hearts and minds of millions of kids and adults around the world. It has raised awareness to the incredible impact a simple act of kindness can have. It has shed a spotlight of the importance of acceptance, gratitude and empathy. If you have a child or student that has feel in love with the movie wonder, then here are 7 amazing books you should add to your home or classroom library.
The One & Only Ivan
This Newbery Medal winner by bestselling author Katherine Applegate tells the story of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in captivity for 27 years. Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him, and hardly ever thinks of his life in the jungle until Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, arrives and makes him see their situation through new eyes.
The Someday Suitcase
Clover and Danny are the kind of best friends who make each other even better, so when Danny gets sick with a mysterious illness that won’t go away, Clover decides to take matters into her own hands by making lists — lists of Danny’s symptoms, his good days, his bad days, etc. Soon, it becomes clear that Danny is only better when Clover is around, but can their friendship overcome the unthinkable?
Sputniks Guide To Live On Earth
When his ailing grandfather can no longer care for him, Prez is sent to the country to live with a foster family where he meets Sputnik — a kid who is more than a little strange. Sputnik is an alien with a mission that requires Prez’s help. The Earth has been marked for destruction and they must come up with ten reasons why the planet should be saved.
Four misfits are brought together when a bully plays a mean prank on Virgil and traps him and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. Now, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia are lead on a quest to find and rescue him and put the bully in his place. This book is special because it’s not only from the perspective of the four heroes, but the reader also enters the mind of the bully for a unique story of alternating perspectives and ultimate self-discovery.
When Reena and her brother first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She certainly doesn’t expect her eccentric neighbor Mrs. Falala or the strange cast of animals she calls family or that her parents will “volunteer” her to work on Mrs. Falala’s farm. In a blend of poetry and prose, Reena and her brother adjust to their new home and learn how a little kindness can change a person’s life.
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day
When their favorite teacher announces she has cancer and will be unable to finish out the school year, three friends set out to give her the perfect last day. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, each of the three boys begins to explore what Ms. Bixby meant to them and why it’s so important to give her the last day she deserves.
Inside Out and Back Again
Inspired by the author’s own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam and immigrating to Alabama, this book tells the story of Hà whose family escapes Vietnam during the war to live in America where Hà must adapt to a new culture and a new life that is so much different than the one she left behind.
The story of 3 young children who are recruited by a secret society of ancient Ninja Warriors whose sole purpose to carry-out acts of kindness. . . without getting caught. The three complete several kindness missions throughout their school which leave the entire student body wondering, “Who is the Kindness Ninja”.
Oh, and this book was written by Think Kindness founder, Brian Williams!
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