Read Aloud Tuesday: January 27, 2015

Welcome! Read-Aloud Tuesday is 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.read-aloud-tuesday

 Here are this week’s books – some of the best of 2014!

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Maple & Willow Together by Lori Nichols

Big sister Maple, first seen in Maple, is back.  Young Willow’s grown into a perfect pal; they play together, eat together, even sleep together.  But big sisters can be domineering.  And little sisters can be pesky.  And while sisters don’t always get along, Maple & Willow show readers how to work through the tough times and enjoy the good ones.  Luminous illustrations.  Share with ages 3-9.  New in 2014!

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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Little Louie’s ready to tell his story…but wait! What’s that?  Jelly?  Peanut butter?  CRAYON?!  How can he possibly tell his story when you, the reader, keep messing it up?  A laugh out loud story about how “perfect” might just not be so perfect after all.  Share with ages 3+.  New in 2014!

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Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

Mrs. Poodle has four pups: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston.  As she teaches her pups to sip, to yip, and to be full of grace, Gaston’s siblings excel.  Not Gaston.  He struggles, but never gives up (nor stops smiling!).  When the family meets Mrs. Bulldog and her pups – Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette – the dogs realize that a grave mistake has been made.  Or has it?  A beautiful story showcasing that families are more about what you are (not what you look like), this is a crowd-pleasing story.  Robinson’s art is particularly notable.  Share with ages 3+.  New in 2014!

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