Michael Bowman Kid Books

Michael Bowman Recommends:

My ideal unit would have teachers and students talking and thinking about the purpose of schools, our experiences in them, and where outside of schools we learn to be who we are. And I love the musicality and accessibility and wonder of books written in verse.


Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again. Ha’s family must leave Saigon as it falls and they make a harrowing journey to Alabama. She tries to navigate a new school and new culture, while keeping her homeland close.


Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming. (I do not know if these hands will be/Rosa’s/or Ruby’s/gently gloved/and fiercely folded/calmly in a lap,/on a desk,/around a book,/ready/to change the world…)