Nothing makes writing stronger than reading a bunch of stellar books. Especially when those books challenge the way you think about writing. Here are five I love to think about because they challenge the reader to think about themselves and reveal something to the reader about themselves that they may not have noticed or thought about prior to picking up the book.
Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead
Little Tree by Loren Long
Swan by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Home by Carson Ellis
Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Matthew Winner is an elementary school teacher librarian in Elkridge, MD. He's the host of Let's Get Busy, a weekly kidlit podcast , and The Best Book Ever [this week], a weekly kidlit book review podcast. Matthew is represented by Danielle Smith of Red Fox Literary. Follow Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner or visit www.allthewonders.com.