2013-2014 Common Read - Wonder

Education Department Reads: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

WONDERing about our education department’s common text?  All undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will be reading WONDER, by R.J. Palacio this fall. This compelling book will provide opportunities for discussion, critical analysis, and  connections to school culture  and practice, while engaging us in deeper questions of what is “normal.”  Each course will explore the book’s rich message in different ways, but department-wide panels, films, resources, and dramatic interpretation are open to everyone. Grab a copy and join us.

Screening: Mask (1985)

Panel discussion of Wonder

Bringing Wonder Alive Through the Arts

Children's Picturebooks

Bodeen, S. A., & DeVito, P. (1998). We'll paint the octopus red. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

Caseley, J. (1991). Harry and Willy and Carrothead. New York: Greenwillow Books.
Woodson, J., & Lewis, E. B. (2012). Each kindness. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.



Abbott, Tony. (2006). Firegirl. New York: Little, Brown.

Draper, S. M. (2010). Out of my mind. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Philbrick, W. R. (1993). Freak the Mighty. New York, N.Y: Blue Sky Press.



Grealy, L. (2003). Autobiography of a face. New York: Perennial.

Morrison, T. (1970). The bluest eye: A novel. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

R.J. Palacio  
The author's website includes information on the author, the book and a list of precepts.

Choose Kind a campaign by Random House and R.J. Palacio where you can pledge to be more compassionate through acts of kindness.

Children's Craniofacial Association 
Empowering and giving hope to individuals & families affected by facial differences

NPR's Backseat Book Club
Listen to an interview with R.J. Palacio and learn what inspired her to write a novel about a boy born with distorted facial features.

Vermont Reads Wonder: We All Overcometh the World
VPR’s coverage of the VT Reads “Wonder.”

Faceless Girl Redefining True Beauty
Videoclip from the Burlington Free Press


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