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Children are constantly asking questions. They often wonder why is the sky blue, how fast is an airplane, or what does a bird do when it’s raining outside? Their minds are always thinking about the world around them. As children grow older their questions begin to change. They begin to analyze themselves, their friendships, and even their relationships with mom and dad. I love giving my boys something to think about, a little role reversal where the parent asks “why do you think” or “what does that mean to you?” So, when I discovered the book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr Browne’s Precepts, I did a secret mom happy dance! I had found a book to read to my children everyday that would encourage them to think!
I’m sure by now you have heard of the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. If you haven’t, then come out from that rock you are hiding under and let me explain. Wonder is an amazing book about a 5th grade boy with a facial deformity. It follows his first year attending a new school, and the relationships he encounters with other students. There are tales of friendships, bullying, kindness, and courage.
Read Aloud Alert
I love Wonder as a read aloud book for older school aged children. My boys are 7 and 9 for reference and they really enjoyed the story. The story has a wonderful way of relating to children. Whether your kids are the friend or the bully, they will be able to pull examples from this book and apply it to their own lives.
If your kids are sad, when the book has come to and end, then don’t worry Palacio has written a follow up book to Wonder entitled Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories. The boys and I loved this novel as much as the original, and reading it really just feels like a continuation of the original story. It isn’t often that you get to read a book about bullying from the bully’s point of view. Auggie & Me gives children a different perspective to the original story. It teaches kids that there are two sides to every coin.
But, what if your kids aren’t old enough for a read aloud chapter book?
We’re All Wonders is an illustrated picture book for younger children. A cute story to read with them again and again!
Thinking Book for Kids
Now that you are up to speed in all things Wonder, I’ll head back to Mr Browne’s Precepts. This book is full of quotes in which one is dedicated to everyday of the year. I love reading a quote from this book to the boys at night before bed. Then I ask them “What do you think it means?” Usually, I get some pretty creative answers with lots of details, and sometimes their response is way off point. After they have both had a chance to respond, I chime in with my interpretation of the quote and we try to think of a personal experience to relate it too.
Taking 5 minutes out of our day to sit and think together has become a tradition in our house! And a special time the whole family looks forward too. Pick up a copy and try it out with your kids today!
P.S. Wonder is now a Major Motion Picture! The boys and I can’t wait to head to our local theater and check it out!
Have you read Wonder?