In my 20+ years working in education, I have found that books can strongly influence young children. My favorite class by far in college was my children’s literature class. I dreaded taking this class as I heard it was a very time consuming class with many hours per night in assignments. Boy, was I wrong to dread it! I had a brilliant professor who taught me to look beyond the words and the pictures for the meanings in the simple stories brought to us in children’s books. Ever since that class, I find myself always drawn to the children’s books section in any book store. When I give a Chapel talk here at Montgomery School, which is a character-based presentation, I usually choose a book to illustrate my points.