I recently used this book with a boy I was tutoring and we both loved it. He wanted to read it over and over again. I take that as a good sign. Salt in His Shoes is a book about Michael Jordan when he was young and had a dream to play basketball. Michael becomes discouraged when he misses the winning basket during a game with his brothers. Michael decides to stop playing with his brothers until he is tall enough to make every goal. Later, Michael realizes that it takes a lot of hard-work and patience to achieve your dreams. This is a phenomenal book that teaches students that nothing comes easy. It teaches them that they should dream, but that they also need to work hard to make those dreams come true.
Use in the classroom: I would have this as a whole group read or something to offer for independent reading. It would also be a good book to use during research week!
Target grade: 3rd-5th