Read Aloud, Gather a Crowd (5th-6th grade)

Mix up your read-alouds by trying a picture book,  a new genre or nonfiction.


My Life as a Book.  Janet Tashjian.  Henry Holt, 2010.
Derek is a twelve-year-old reluctant reader who avoids his summer reading list.  He comes across an old newspaper article about a 17 year old girl who drowned when he was a toddler.  He is persistent and determined to find out what happened and the connection to himself.  He learns to love reading in his own special way.  Wimpy Kid fans will love this one.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade

I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat : History’s Strangest Cures. Carlynn Beccia.  Houghton, 2010.

Organized by type of illness, such as sore throat, wounds, stomachaches, etc., 3 historical cures for each are presented.  Readers are allowed to guess which work among everything from chicken soup to mummy powder.  Very high interest, informative and humorous.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade

A Place Where Hurricanes Happen.  Renee Watson.  Random, 2010.
Four children from the same New Orleans street tell their stories of before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.  Emphasizes hope and the power of community.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic. Jennifer Trafton.  Dial, 2010.
A very entertaining fantasy full of wit, humor and non-stop action and great characters.
The heroine is Persimmony Smudge who loses her hat, becomes lost in the woods, overhears a secret she takes to the king who sends her on a perilous journey to find out if there really is a giant sleeping under Mount Majestic.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade

The Trouble with May Amelia.  Jennifer Holm.  Atheneum, 2011.
Sequel to Our Only May Amelia, this story takes place in 1900 rural Nasel River area of Washington State, across the Columbia from Astoria.  13 year old May Amelia lives with her parents and 7 brothers on their farm.  Her harsh father considers her “Just Plain Stupid”, but she possesses “sisu”, Finnish for “guts and courage.”  There is plenty to like and learn in this historical novel with the right amounts of humor, tragedy, loss, courage and hope.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade

True (…sort of). Katherine Hannigan.  Greenwillow, 2011.
As in Hannigan’s acclaimed Ida B., this book has richly developed, memorable characters.  Eleven-year-old Delly is a very creative thinker with impulse control issues.  She is always in trouble and told how bad she is.  One more fighting incident in school will land her in an alternative school.  In comes a new girl, Ferris Boyd, who doesn’t speak.  Over time, these two misfits form a deep friendship.  Delly discovers that Ferris is being abused by her father and is not sure what to do to help her.  There are many moments that all children can relate to, several laugh out loud scenes and gut wrenching emotion.  There is so much to talk about.  A perfect read-aloud.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade

Wolf Wanted.  Ana Maria Machado.  Goundwood Books, 2010.
Manny Wold replies to a Wolf Wanted ad and then finds out they are looking for a real wolf.  Manny is human.  They get so many letters from applicants, they hire Manny to read and respond to them.  Applicants include the wolves of Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf, and many other folktales and myths.  Manny finally figures out that the problem is in the original ad which wasn’t specific enough.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade

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