Welcome! 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 we share.
It’s almost Halloween, which means some special, spooky stories! Plus a special wind-themed story, as it’s been very, VERY windy!
Click Clack Boo: a tricky treat by Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown doesn’t like Halloween – not the creepy sounds, not the trick-or-treaters, nothing. When he hears unexpected sounds outside, he huddles down in bed and hides – until a quack, quack, quackle noise draws his attention. The gang of animals, including clever Duck, is back in this sequel geared for young readers. Be sure to read Click Clack Moo: cows that type, too! Share with ages 2-6.
Dog and Bear: tricks and treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
In three short stories, best friends Dog and Bear prepare for Halloween: they shop for costumes, welcome trick-or-treaters, and do their own trick-or-treating. Each story is perfectly pitched to the audience: Bear mistakes his reflection for himself, Dog misunderstands what “Trick or Treat?” really means, and their costume choices are identical. Every Dog and Bear book is welcomed by kids, and it’s one of our favorite series in our home. Share with ages 4-7.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper Rabbit’s done it: he’s been eating tons of free carrots from Crackenhopper Field, and now they’re following him! These creepy carrots are in his house, in his bedroom…but no one else can see them? What’s a rabbit to do? With one of the more clever endings I’ve seen in a picture book, this one garnered rave reviews from the students. Peter Brown’s black/white/orange illustrations are spot-on and add to the dramatic, creepy tone. Highly recommended. Share with ages 3+.
Windblown by Édouard Manceau
What happens when seven shapes – pictured on the cover – are arranged? They form a chicken, or a bird, or a fish! Each animal believes he is the true owner of the shapes, but it’s the powerful wind that’s blown them together and that leave the shapes, disassembled, so the reader may continue the creation. This minimalist title would go great with a printed set of Manceau’s shapes for readers to engage with after the story. Share with ages 3-8.