Over the years, many readers have requested a post about how to raise good people. But what a tough question! I don’t know all the answers, but one thing I do think can help get kids on the right track are very special books…
Last Friday, we cuddled up and read We’re All Wonders, a new picture book by R.J. Palacio. It features Auggie, a boy born with a facial deformity. He feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way, especially at school. The story focuses, through his own voice, on his realization that he has a place in the world. Along the way, it teaches kindness, tolerance, empathy and self-acceptance.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. The illustrations are striking and beautiful, and I actually teared up as Toby read the final few pages, especially the line, “I know I can’t change the way I look, but maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see.” And the best thing about books like these is that they start conversations with your children — about what they’d do in the same situation, when they’ve felt different, and how to see and accept people as they really are. What a beautiful thing.
We’re All Wonders is the younger-kid version of Wonder, the bestselling novel (and soon-to-be movie) geared to eight- to twelve-year-olds.
Have you read the Wonder books? What other children’s books are you into these days? xoxo
(Photos by Ana Gambuto for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, which is holding a We’re All Wonders sweepstakes with great prizes. For more information, go here. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)