Wonder by R.J. PalacioThis book follows Auggie as he attends his first year attending school, after previously being home schooled. He experiences the trials and triumphs of most kids going to a new school, and also unique challenges based on his appearance. This book is changing lives in classrooms across the country and teachers send reports of its impact on their students on a consistent basis. The book encourages kids to Choose Kind, meaning choose to practice empathy, tolerance, inclusion, and patience. While the story is about a student with a craniofacial condition, the message applies to everyone. When this book came out, CCA knew it was an incredible tool for our families, students, and community. We ordered a special edition book with our logo, recommended resources, a special foreword from CCA members, and a letter from the author, Palacio, to CCA Kids.
365 Days of Wonder – R. J. Palacio
Today Dave has a great lesson on how to draw inspiration for your book cover designs from bestselling books. Have you ever come across a book cover design so striking that you not only stop and admire it, but also analyze and learn from it? The best book covers are more than just attractive adornments to the books we love. They also offer ideas and inspiration we can use to guide our own work. Books of all genres and types have covers that not only please the eye but also inspire the mind. After being homeschooled for most of his life, Auggie joins a 5th grade class in school.
Palacio’s Wonder is an amazing window to the book’s moving story which has been shortlisted for a CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Book Award. Her background notwithstanding, Palacio says she specifically didn’t negotiate “author approval” for the cover, but did ask for.
using a china cabinet as a bookcase
Palacio's debut novel, was written for children 8 to 12 years old, but its message defies genres. Published in , its anti-bullying, pro-acceptance message will resonate with teenagers and even adults as well. Some books are action-packed, compelling the reader to turn the page to find out what happens next. Other books are compelling because they invite readers to engage with characters who are real, who come alive off the page, and who pull the reader into their story. In fact, very little "action" happens within its pages, and yet readers will find themselves deeply affected by the story. August Pullman Auggie to his friends is not an ordinary year-old boy. In fact, it's the type of face that scares kids and makes people stare.
Posted on March 16, The cover of R. About a ten-year-old boy born with a facial abnormality who is being sent to a real school after being home-schooled his whole life, the cover does an excellent job of communicating the feeling of being stared at, and the discovery the main character is also experiencing looking out at a new world. Perhaps not coincidentally, the author was an art director and graphic designer who designed book jackets for 20 years. I was absolutely hellbent on not being one of those authors in the process. She knew what she wanted though. For some reason I had kind of blue, black and white in my mind; and hand-lettered, but the rest [Knopf art department] kind of came up with.
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