The Year of Billy Miller


The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

7 word review:

Billy worries: can he handle 2nd grade?

Share with ages 4-9.  Stand-alone title.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I read this book, but I was blown away.  This is the perfect story to read aloud to late 1st grade / beginning 2nd grade students, and for 2nd / 3rd students to read independently.  It is so accessible: while it’s a bit thick, the font is large, the margins are wide and the line spacing is generous.  Billy’s voice is truly authentic – he really sounds (and thinks) like a 2nd grade boy.  I found myself thinking that I must read this aloud with J&H when I finished.  I am: we’re over halfway through with both requesting more read-aloud time.

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