Amos Fortune–Free Man is a must-read for all upper elementary students. If you don’t use it as part of the reading curriculum, at least savor it as a read-aloud. It’s a delightful, serious, profound biography that elucidates multiple themes–most notably what it means to be free.
Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart is one of those rare books that intrigues everyone, from age pre-school through retirement. Six year old Opal began her journal while growing up as an orphan in Oregon lumber camps over a century ago.
From page one:
“The mama where I live says I am a new sance. I think it is something grownups don’t like to have around.”