I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes. Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them! The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year. The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming. Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head. He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember. Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once. Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!! This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.