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:
Mercy Watson to the Rescue! by Kate DiCamillo
We concluded our read-aloud of Mercy’s first adventure this week (we read chapters 1-6 last week). A quick picture walk review of what we’d already read got us ready to continue Mercy’s adventure. Does Mercy actually rescue Mr. and Mrs. Watson from their sinking bed? And will Mercy get any hot buttered toast, her favorite treat? I know I’ve read a great book when students come up to me and ask, “Can you leave that book?” (Not to worry: I leave all the books I share in the classroom for a week to encourage revisiting and reexamining.) This one was great, and it’s also one of my all-time favorite beginning chapter books. First in a series of 6. Share with ages 2-8.
Superworm by Julia Donaldson
“Superworm is super-long! Superworm is super-strong!” So begins the story of the amazing Superworm, a helpful guy (gal?) whose ready to transform at the drop of a hat. Trapped in a well? Superworm can fish you out! Need rescue from a busy street? Superworm will lasso you to safety! When Superworm is captured by the Wizard Lizard and forced to dig for treasure, what will he – and his friends – do? The bouncing, rhythmic text and bold illustrations keep this story moving along. Share with ages 2-6.
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter is having a birthday party, and he creates a special invitation to his friend Amy. On his way to drop the invitation in the mailbox (it’s a surprise, after all), he sees Amy. In a rush to the mailbox, he bumps and knocks her down. As she runs away crying, Peter wonders if she’ll even come to his party. When I read this, I always ask, “Why do you think she ran away?”. Someone always says that after she was knocked down, Peter never said “sorry”. Ezra Jack Keats is one of those authors that gets better with time. His timeless stories offer countless opportunities for conversation about friendship, kindness and consequences. Share with ages 3-7.