For teachers and librarians, going back to school means getting students back into stories. Stories are important and change our lives. Often the flashy stories are the most compelling and make lifelong readers.
An angry little boy, sent to his room for punishment, finds it turned into a jungle of monsters (and feelings) which he conquers (“Where the Wild Things Are”). A formerly enslaved woman and her family are haunted, both literally and metaphorically, by the murder of her child and the horrific circumstances that led to it (“Beloved”).