Read-Aloud Tuesday! Nov 18, 2014

Welcome!   No theme this week, just picture books I’ve enjoyed.

building-our-house-jonathan-beanBuilding Our House by Jonathan Bean

A family moves from the city to the country and, with hard work and dedication, builds their own house from the ground up.  Based on Bean’s childhood, this story is sure to keep the builders of the world engaged.  Rich illustrations showcasing the abilities of every family member (Mom hangs insulation while pregnant!) add to the perfection of the story.  Family photos add to the beauty and realism.  A welcome story for the Maker movement in today’s libraries.  Share with ages 4+. ©2013.


Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead

Sebastian, bored and with nothing to see, decides to solve his problem: he builds a balloon of afghans and patchwork quilts, fills it with all the things he’ll ever need, and floats free high into the night sky.  His fantastical adventure includes a real Bear, a long-beaked Bird, and three Sisters as his balloon travels to new places.  Gorgeous illustrations, particularly the grey mist, accompany Sebastian’s voyage.  Is it imagined?  A daydream?  Readers have much to discuss as Sebastian’s balloon flies on.  Share with ages 4-8.   ©2014.


Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael B. Kaplan

Betty Bunny, the precocious heroine from Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, is back – this time at the toy store.  She’s allowed to choose just one toy, but Betty’s not about to follow the rules: she tests the limits, filling a shopping cart with toys, toys, TOYS!  With a mom and dad who follow through and three siblings full of wise words, Betty learns that one little bunny can’t always have everything she wants.  The Betty Bunny books are a family favorite, and this one is timely for the winter holidays (and the bookfair at H’s school) when limits are needed.  Share with ages 3+.

Read-Aloud Tuesday is a time when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6).  Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.

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