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.
This week’s focus: snowy diversity.
The Reader by Amy Hest
The reader – a young boy – sets off from his house with a suitcase, a cooler, and his dog. Destination: the top of a snow-covered hill. Making tracks with his sled, the reader perseveres through the cold, wet, tiring snow as his dog jumps, leaps, and runs to the hilltop. Once there, a nice snack sets the stage for a snowy storytime. Cozy and comforting, this story pairs well with Peter in The Snowy Day (below). Castillo’s art is eye-catching. Share with ages 3+.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter wakes up one morning to find his world covered in snow! Like all kids, he sets out to explore it, making crunchy footprints, smacking snow-covered trees, and thinking about joining a snowball fight. After a long day of fun and play, Peter tucks one last snowball in his pocket before going inside to get warm and hope for more snow. Keats is a master, and this is his masterpiece. A classic story that’s still current today, Peter and his iconic red snowsuit should be read – and enjoyed – by all.
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Elliot lives in America. Kialash, India. When these two boys on opposite sides of the world become pen pals, they realize their differences are outweighed by their similarities. From families to homes, school to language, the boys share their lives and realize: “Same, Same…Different!” An outstanding choice to read-aloud. Share with ages 3+.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
CJ, fresh from Sunday church, braves the rain and boards a bus with his Nana. He wonders why they ride the bus when his friends have cars, asks about the blind man who can hear the colors, and wishes he had music devices like the big boys. With each wish, wonder, and question, Nana responds with thoughtful, gentle wisdom. When they arrive on Market Street, all CJ can see are run-down buildings and graffiti-covered walls. It’s Nana who opens his eyes to the beauty that surrounds them as they make their way to their destination, the soup kitchen. Robinson’s illustrations are bold, breathing life into big-city life. de la Peña’s written a real winner. New in 2015!