Friday, August 10, 2018

The Year of Billy MIller by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes was published in 2013 and is perfect for young readers. With a lexile of 620L, this book is perfect for a young reader who is a bit ahead. The text is larger, the chapters are short, and there are small pictures.

Billy Miller is in second grade. He's trying to grow up, but growing up can sometimes be hard. He wants to call his poppa Dad instead of poppa. He longs to stay awake all night. He wants his teacher to like him.

Billy has two good parents and a baby sister. He worries he won't be smart anymore because he suffered a head injury before the start of school. He is a kind, sweet boy who makes mistakes but is a good kid.

This book reminds me of the Clementine Series by Sarah Pennypacker. It is a positive book for young readers that captures the fears, joys, and magic of childhood.

I loved the pearl Billy gets from his teacher and the magic it represents to his little sister. I hope I can remember that childhood magic and look for it in everyday items.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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