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.