It’s time to educate yourself with these books. Education Day is about the opportunity to learn and grow. Books are the greatest way to take in life lessons that we should grow up with. Each book here has it’s own individual message within the text. So, let’s parse these five essential lessons.
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
This novel starts with a family tragedy that brings sixteen-year-old Jacob going to a remote island. He discovers the secret ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. All of these children have unique traits in every way, and as he spends more time with them he realizes the danger to themselves and their stories. Learning to be yourself no matter what is the key lesson in this novel. Despite the dangers lurking Jacob is there to protect them and accepts them no matter what.
2. The Rest of Us Live Here – Patrick Ness
This book is clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious. This point of view is not about being the chosen one in the story. You learn the world doesn’t revolve around you. You are and can be the side character in someone else’s life. So remember to be selfless and help others and that will help yourself.
3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
You will learn to use your voice to stand up for yourself and others with this book. Made into a very popular movie, the sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is caught in between two worlds. She lives in a poor neighborhood and goes to a suburban prep school. When a fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khali, gets out; even though Khali was unarmed they immediately painted a negative picture. She wants to defend them and go against the police accusation. Striving for change and using our right to speech can be a positive tool to help yourself and all.
4. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
Ever received a phone call saying you have less than twenty-four hours to live? Well, this fiction book focuses on two guys: Rufus and Mateo, two total strangers who find solace and friendship on an app called Last Friend. They both have one day to have one last great adventure to live a lifetime. The big lesson you will get from this book is to live life to the fullest. Sometimes life seems so long, but in a blink of an eye things can change. Savor every second, hour, day, and year.
5. Starfish – Lisa Fipps
In this encouraging story, Ellie wears a whale swimsuit and makes a big splash on her 5th birthday. She is then bullied for her weight ever since. She now lives by “Fat Girl Rules”, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling weightless in the pool. She adores swimming and feels light whenever she dips her toes. Even though her classmates and diet-obsessed mother are putting her down, she has a few allies in her corner. Her father, her therapist, and her new neighbor Catalina have been a constant support. This story teaches you to embrace and accept your body. We all struggle with fulling loving our bodies because of societal expectations. Now is the time to adore what you have been given.
If you need struggle with any of these life lessons, I suggest reading those books and getting a new perspective. There is always time to improve ourselves and a good book can be that step in the right direction.
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