Avery loved to read. She devoured library books. They meant everything to her. One of our favorite things to do was to read the same book at the same time and talk about what we thought of each section as we went along. It was our own private Mother-Daughter Book Club. I will forever treasure those moments.
Avery was in 5th Grade at Delavan Christian School at the time of her death. It just seemed fitting to pledge to donate 5 new books for the school library each year.
So, this first year, we donated the following books (descriptions from Barnes & Noble website):
Heaven is for Real… for kids! by Todd Burpo: Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children.In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids!
Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert: Tear Soup is the story of Grandy, who has just suffered a big loss in her life. She blends emotions and memories into Tear Soup as a way to work thru the healing and grieving process.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: This 2013 Newberry Medal recipient blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass: 13-year old Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel.
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt: Kittens are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. Author Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love — and its opposite, hate — the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.