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More Than Anything Else

More Than Anything Else - Marie Bradby, Chris K. Soentpiet, Chris Soentpiet 8/5/13 ** I've tagged this as both historical fiction (primarily) and biography (as it might have been). This moving tale is a narrative of how Booker T. Washington might have learned to read.

I used this book on the second day of school to begin the discussion with my fourth graders of my own love of reading and to help us consider what reading means to each of us. I don't have the book with me at the moment, so I can't quote particular lines, but I do know the message of this boy's passion for learning to read, as well as the idea that reading could set him free brought me shivers as I read.