Frindle — Andrew Clements
Yes, this is a book about a pen, but it’s more than that. It’s the story of a teacher challenging a student to grow, and I’ll forever be a softie when it comes to themes like this.
Pink and Say — Patricia Polacco
Just try and read the passage without weeping: “This is the hand, that has touched the hand, that has touched the hand, that shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln.” Then try it in front of a room of seventh graders.
The House at Pooh Corner — A. A. Milne
I was fine with this book until I read it to my first-born. That last chapter where Christopher Robin gets older and tells Pooh he might not be around so much anymore is a bittersweet tear festival.
Charolotte’s Web – E. B. White
The picture of friendship White creates is right on.
Brian’s Winter — Gary Paulsen
Like Frindle, this might seem like another strange choice. Somehow I was saddened to see this phase of Brian’s life end. His rescue was necessary, but that meant (before Paulsen wrote the rest of the series) Brian’s story was over.
What children’s books made you cry?