Kim Hudson: Some summer reading suggestions

Do you have your summer reading list ready? I have to admit I really enjoy the slower pace of summer so I can catch up on my reading. Although I have read some really good books lately, there are two I’d like to share that have become my favorites.

If you are looking for a great book for your kids I highly recommend “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. It’s not a new release, it was published in 2012, but it did make the New York Times Best Sellers List and, in case you haven’t read it, it is definitely worth adding to your list.

“Wonder” is a story about August Pullman, a fifth-grade student with facial deformities who has to navigate entering public school for the first time. I read this book with my daughter when she was in fourth grade. It is a great story covering many topics such as bullying, peer pressure, friendships and tolerance. We loved the characters and how each chapter is written from a different point of view. August’s experiences help pave the way to explore some difficult topics and open the doors for meaningful conversation with your kids. Now more than ever we need to be talking to our children about differences and tolerance.

My new favorite book is one I learned about on my trip to Haiti. It’s a wonderful little book called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. I will warn you that Bob talks about God as he shares stories from his life. This book has made me look at love differently. I always thought of love as an emotion but now I see it is much more than that. Love is an action, a verb. It is what we do and how we show the people around us what they mean to us.

There are twenty-two chapters or stories in “Love Does” and each one gives you a glimpse into the life of someone who truly lives a full life and a life full of love. Each story teaches a lesson on the power of love and what can happen when we fully embrace it. It’s an easy read and I promise it will make you laugh – at least once. It’s one of those books that I haven’t stopped talking about since I finished it.

I love a book that makes me think about something in a brand new way, don’t you? While my beach reading may not be as relaxing this year (I’ll be scanning the water for fins) I have my list ready. If only I could get my children to love reading as much as I do.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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