Read-Aloud, 3-4th Grade

Thank You, Miss Doover. Robin Pulver.  Holiday House, 2010.
Miss Doover’s class is learning about writing thank-you letters and the art of revising.
Full of humor for kids and adults, this is a great writing lesson.
Read-aloud 2nd-6th grade

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend).  Deborah Hopkinson.  Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008.
Based on true events in 1816.  At age 7 Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.  The author is the narrator and makes comments to herself, the reader and the illustrator.  A dramatic, action-packed read-aloud, based on a real event.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade

The Boy in the Garden.  Allen Say.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
A small boy remembers the story of the grateful crane his mother told him as he explores a garden with a lifelike statue of a crane.  Was it just a dream?  A beautiful book about the power of story and imagination.  Say’s signature paintings do not disappoint.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade

Chicks and Salsa. Aaron Reynolds.  Bloomsbury, 2005.
The chickens on Nuthatcher Farm are tired of their boring feed.  The rooster gets an idea from watching Mrs. Nuthatcher’s cooking shows–Salsa!  Soon, the whole farmyard gets involved with a little help from the mice.  Young children will easily pick up the pattern in this fun read-aloud.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story. Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
Fascinating!  The chiru, similar in appearance to antelope are found only in china and Tibet.  They have been hunted by poachers to near extinction for their wool, which is the warmest and finest in the world.  Conservationist, George Schaller, in order to protect them, travels 200 impossibly difficult miles to discover the chiru’s secret birthing ground.
A powerful and moving real life adventure.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade

Clever Jack Takes the Cake.  Candace Flemming.  Random House, 2010.
An original fairy tale in which poor Jack goes to great lengths to bake a perfect cake for the princess’s birthday.  The journey to the castle is fraught with perils and Jack ends up with nothing….except the story of what happened to his gift.  His adventure story turns out to be the perfect gift.  Great read-aloud, rich with descriptive language.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Color Chaos! Lynn Rowe Reed.  Holiday House, 2010.
A substitute principal at Hughes Elementary School, Mr. Greystone, bans color.  A visiting illustrator helps him see the importance of color.  Great info about the color wheel, primary, secondary and tertiary colors.  Visually wild, and crazy.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

 

Dust Devil. Anne Isaacs.  Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010.
Tall tale sequel to Swamp Angel.  “Angel” Longrider moves to Montana and wrestles a dust storm in 1835 until it magically becomes her horse, Dust Devil.  Great illustrations by Paul P. Zelinsky, laugh out loud exaggeration.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade

In the Wild. David Elliott.  Candlewick Press, 2010.
Short poems about 14 wild animals, beautifully written.  The bold, woodblock illustrations make this great to share aloud.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Lincoln Tells a Joke : How Laughter Saved the President (and the country).  Kathleen Krull.  Harcourt, 2010.
How Lincoln uses humor to get him through life’s many difficulties and the country through civil war.  The book also addresses his knowledge of the power of the written and spoken word and how he used language to inspire people.  “Before he made difficult decisions, he read funny passages aloud from his favorite humor writers.”
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade

Otto:  The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear.  Tomi Ungerer.  Phaidon Press, 2010.
World War II separates Otto, the much loved teddy bear, from David.  When David is taken to a Nazi camp, he gives Otto to his friend, Oskar.  An American soldier finds Otto in some rubble, holds him to his chest as he is shot.  The soldier recovers and takes Otto home to his daughter.  Bullies take the bear away from her.  He eventually ends up in an antique store where Oskar, now an old man, finds him.  This leads to a newspaper story and the reuniting of David, Oskar and Otto.  A beautifully told story which can be an introduction to the holocaust.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th Grade

A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea.  Michael Ian Black.  Simon & Schuster, 2010.
Oh, the many reasons why a pig parade is a bad idea!  Their refusal to wear majorette uniforms, preference for sad country ballads, snuffling to name a few.  Much of the success of this funny read-aloud is due to the hilarious illustrations by Kevin Hawles.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade.

Red Sings from Treetops, a Year in Colors.  Joyce Sidman.  Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Rich with descriptive, poetic language, colors come alive through the seasons and connect us with all the senses. Rarely do I recommend a book for all ages, but this one could fit that bill.  While seasons are often part of primary grade curriculum, it also serves as a great descriptive writing model and writing prompts for older kids.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Ruth and the Green Book.  Calvin Alexander Ramsey.  Carolrhoda Books, 2010.
When Ruth and her parents travel from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950’s, they encounter painful Jim Crow segregation laws at every stop along the way.  At an Esso gas station, which is friendly to black Americans, they purchase The Negro Motorist Green Book for 75 cents.  It helps guide them to their destination by listing all the establishments that serve African Americans.  The first Green Book was written in 1936 by an African American living in New York City named Victor Green.  A great story about a little known aspect of American history.
Read-aloud 2nd-5th grade


Zen Ghosts.  Jon J. Muth.  Scholastic, 2010.
Not your usual Halloween or ghost picture book!  On Halloween night, Stillwater, the giant panda tells an unusual ghost story based on Zen koan.  Mysterious and beautiful to look at.  Treat it as a ghost story or oh so much more!
Read-aloud 1st-6th grade

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