Parents' Guide to

Amber Brown Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Amber grows up in funny, touching early reader series.

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This series is so good, so touching, and so emotionally spot-on for young readers that parents can relate to the complex vulnerabilities as well. It begins when Amber Brown is in third grade. She's young, silly, and funny, but also hurt and confused and sad about the big upheavals in her life. As Amber navigates divorce and friendships, her parents and teachers encourage her to talk about her feelings, and to be accountable for her actions. There's a huge amount of respect for Amber as a person; the adults in her world have hard conversations with her and are fully developed characters alongside Amber.

The running theme of the series is that life is constantly changing, so we should make the most of each day and each moment. It's not a bad message to plant in the brains of readers whose worlds are getting more complicated as they grow up.

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