Welcome to Read-Aloud Tuesday! It’s my third year of reading aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6), and the second year of blogging about the books I choose to read aloud.
This week, the students noticed a thread that connected our stories: cats! While not the main feature, each book had a cat character. It’s great when students discover how stories can be similar in unexpected ways!
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: a fall harvest of shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Visiting a pumpkin patch is fun, but finding shapes hiding within it is even better. Circles and triangles, squares and hexagons (and more!) can be seen by careful readers. Short, rhyming text with quilt-like illustrations make this cozy shape-filled book a winner. And after last week’s class trip to a pumpkin patch, this was an ideal read-aloud. Share with ages 3-6.
Don’t Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas
A child pleads “PLEASE DON’T SLAM THE DOOR!”, explaining how it would cause the cat to wake up. The door slams, the cat wakes up, which bothers the dog…and the cause and effect-filled story takes off. From inside the house to the barn outdoors, this silly, rhyme-filled story begs readers to make predictions amidst the growing chaos. Share with ages 3-8.
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
Young Louise loves art, her “imagination on the outside”. Finishing her latest masterpiece and looking for the perfect space to hang it, she heads to le Gallery du Fridge with her cat and younger brother, Art. It’s her single-minded focus, though, that causes her to miss important art (Art)-related details not lost on the observant, expressive cat. This inventive story with bold color highlights creativity, sibling love, and clever wordplay. Highly recommended. Share with ages 3+. NEW IN 2014.