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The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes is my new favorite book. I just finished it and would highly recommend this 2014 Newbery Honor book as a read aloud for all second grade teachers. I've read many books by Kevin Henkes and he delivers yet again with this sweet story about a little boy who is just beginning his second grade school year. Written with depth of character and understanding of children we follow Billy through his year at school and learn quickly to love the characters that people his world; Mama, Papa, his sister Sal and his teacher Ms Silver. Billy's problems are the kind every second grader can relate to, from his know-it-all classmate to his fear of public speaking, but the quiet, real way his worries are addressed by Henkes is masterful storytelling. Once heard, you will not forget the voice of Billy Miller.