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Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

boy books wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.

Operation Christmas Child: Gifts for Kids Around the World

The Holidays are a time for giving not just receiving. So many kids and families around the world cannot afford to provide Christmas presents for one another. While we celebrate our Christmas at home with our gifts for our kids a family somewhere else is missing out on that experience. One way to make your own Christmas even better this year is to make someone else’s Christmas better. Not only does it make you feel good, it can help to teach your kids compassion, love, and hope.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a program created by Samaritan’s Purse that helps to provide shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for children around the world. Since 1992 they have delivered nearly 95 million presents to children around the world.

Families can pack a shoebox from Operations Christmas Child and fill them with toys, clothes, and other items that they think a child will want or need this Christmas. This program delivers to nearly 100 countries all over the world every holiday season.

You can pack a shoebox yourself at home and Operation Christmas Child will deliver them for you. You can also pack a box online and Operation Christmas Child will deliver them for you. You can even challenge your friends to give a box as well.

This Christmas try packing a box for a child and participating in this great program. You just might find a brand new tradition that you and your family can participate in every year.