One of my top summer recommendations right now is this book – Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy Seal Way by Jocko Willink. It currently has 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 590 customer reviews.
I get asked many times about book recommendations for boys that may be reluctant and in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. This book is a ROCK STAR recommendation.
It is straightforward. It is funny. It has things to offer this mid-thirty mom that wants to find my own Warrior status.
It is about family and role models and the people you look up to.
It is about gaining the self-confidence to deal with bullies and the negative thoughts you may have about yourself.
The basics of the book:
Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn’t swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the “King of the Jungle.”
When Marc’s mother tells him that his Uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can’t wait. Uncle Jake is a for real, super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.
He’s going to turn Marc into a warrior.
Becoming a warrior isn’t easy. It means a lot of pull ups, sit ups, pushups, squats, swimming, eating right, and studying harder than ever before! Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before school starts in the fall – and finally stand up to the King of the Jungle himself?
The Way of the Warrior Kid is a new illustrated chapter book by #1 New York Times-bestselling author and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.
Honestly, I wish this book was published when I was still working on my MLIS degree – I would have loved to have studied in for numerous assignments in Children’s Lit classes. But it is definitely staying on my Most Recommended list for a while!