5 Books Every Kid Should Read

Writing Challenge: April 24, 2018

Prompt: What are 5 books every kid should read?


1- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There is a reason that this book used to be taught in every American School. This book directly addresses issues of prejudice and racism in beautiful, yet heartbreaking ways. Written from the perspective of a child growing up in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird explains these tough issues so even a child can understand.

2- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Want to stretch a kid’s mind? Look no further. This book is mind-blowing and full mind-bending concepts. It can be challenging to follow, but with the right help and support this book will get you thinking in ways you never have before. Seriously, this book is a ride.

3-Night by Elie Wesel

Admittedly, this is a dark inclusion, but it’s also an amazing study about the humanity and relationships. We cannot truly appreciate the good people are capable of without also seeing the bad. This story about a boy and his father in Auschwitz is educational from both a historic standpoint, and also a humanistic one.

4-Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Say what you will about Harry Potter, but most of my teachers and professors (and I am an English Major, so they know their shit) agree that Harry Potter is literature. On top of being a great fantasy novel that has sparked the imagination of youth (and now adults) all over the world, Harry Potter teaches about prejudice, love, bravery, morality, friendship, and determination. What more could you ask for in a book series?

5-Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This is one the most touching inclusion on this list. It’s heartwarming and sweet but still complex. It touches on themes of bullying, inclusion, perceptions of abilities, family, friendship, and so much more. The protagonist August is a real, kid hero.

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