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Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad.

Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny and often poignant…Billy himself might have been daunted by a book with more than two hundred pages, but eager young readers will find this a great first chapter book to share or read solo.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A vivid yet secure portrait of a boy coming into his confidence…[with] a comfortable rhythm perfectly suited to young readers…Nuanced and human.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Billy Miller’s second-grade year is quietly spectacular in a wonderfully ordinary way…Henkes offers…a sense that experiences don’t have to be extraordinary to be important and dramatic…Sweetly low-key and totally accessible.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a story with a lot of heart and sweet insights into growing up.”


  • A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
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