Sometimes there's ONE perfect book for a particular situation.
Several years ago I had a local elementary school principal ask me what I'd recommend she read to classes as she visited each teacher and introduced herself to the students at the beginning of the school year. My suggestion? A Fine, Fine School
by Sharon Creech.
This is indeed the perfect book! It's all about what happens when the principal of Tillie's school is so proud of all the great learning happening at his school that he decides the kids should go to school EVERY DAY of the year. Bright-faced, children engaged in learning is every principal's dream! Going to school every day, including weekends and holidays, is every kid's nightmare! Tillie knows there's lots of learning happening at home too. Her dog and little brother miss those important lessons when they see Tillie off to school every day. In the end, Tillie finds the courage to teach her principal an important lesson too.
Here's the thing. That request was 15 years ago. I was wondering the other day if there was another, newer book that I would pass along to a principal with the same request this year. Nope. I've seen my fair share of great children's books come my way as a librarian for the past 12 years and I still can't think of a better book.
Sometimes there really is one perfect book. Librarians love helping you find it!