Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch.
Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Books USA, New York, 1991, Reprinted Scholastic, New York, 1993.
Picture book realistic fiction, 24 pages.
AR Level: 3.5 (worth 0.5 points)
Grace loves stories, whether they are read or watched or told to her. More than anything, she loves to act out those stories. When her class is producing Peter Pan, classmates say she can’t play Peter because she’s a black girl. But Grace believes she can do anything.
This book is something of a classic. It was featured on Reading Rainbow and became somewhat ubiquitous in school libraries in a short amount of time. Lavar Burton has said that Amazing Grace is his favorite picture book, and it’s easy to see why.