Parents' Guide to

The Year of Billy Miller

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second-grader.

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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Good Safe Book for 1st/2nd Graders

I read this book with my 7 year old and it was really nice to read a book about another child my sons age. It didn't have any inappropriate words or action scenes and was a nice story about a 2nd graders day to day life. This book is not super exciting but it is a good read with funny moments and good relatable stories.
age 7+

Quaint and Fun

This was a fun story. None of the content was very deep, but it represented a child's perspective of second grade fairly well. No qualms about allowing a child to read this.

Is It Any Good?

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This is not one of those "little kid with big problems" stories; Billy is a little kid with little problems, but they'll be quite amusing to middle-graders. Kids will relate to Billy's frustration when his little sister almost spoils his school project, or a big sleepover gets canceled. And they'll be on the edge of their seats when Billy suffers from stagefright during his class performance. Billy's year is full of warm, funny everyday stories told with love.

Henkes' small, intermittent black-and-white spot illustrations help break up the text.

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