Read-Aloud Tuesday

Each Tuesday, I read stories in my boy H’s Montessori classroom.  In classic librarian form, I research and choose books I think they’ll like (and that I like, too!).  Here are this week’s choices:

Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid


Percy loves balloons. But as a porcupine with sharp quills, Percy has a big problem!  Join Percy as he creatively works to become a problem-solver.  A very quiet group was actively engaged in identifying Percy’s problem and curious to discover how he solved it.  A lovely little story.  Share with ages 3-6.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein


Young Bear is confused when the leaves begin changing colors and falling from trees.  As winter looms, Bear discovers a good use for the leaves he enjoys, creating a cave to protect him from the harsh weather.  Beautifully illustrated, this was the title my son H chose as his favorite from today’s stories.  As he said, “It was a good fall story.”  I agree!  Share with ages 2-6.

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


When her mom buys a squash at the farmer’s market, Sophie adopts it.  She draws a face, names it Beatrice and takes it everywhere.  As the days pass, Beatrice grows spotty and mushy, so Sophie consults a farmer.  She learns that squash need fresh air, good soil and love to grow.  When given all three ingredients, Sophie’s squash is transformed.  This was a bit long to read this early in the year for some of the children, but the subject matter – plus the farmer’s market across the street from the school – made it a must-read in my world.  Paired with Leaves, it was a lovely fall offering. Share with ages 3-8.

Wondered where Read-Aloud Tuesday was last week?  Off at the Montessori field trip to the pumpkin patch!

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