Read-Aloud Tuesday: 2/10/15


Welcome! On Read-Aloud Tuesday 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: stories with friends (plus a classic!)

hooray-for-hatHooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Elephant’s grumpy.  Nothing cheers him up, until he spies a gift.  Opening it, he finds a hat!  Putting it on brings a smile to his face, and he has to show his friend Zebra.  Zebra, though, is also grumpy.  Showing kindness, Elephant shares part of his hat.  Down the animal line goes this circular tale – one animal is sad, another shares a piece of the hat – until, finally, the hat cannot be shared.  Or can it?  Bold illustrations, bright colors, and a sharing-is-caring theme make this a brilliant choice (and a favorite of the listeners today!).  Share with ages 3-6.  NEW IN 2015!

paul-meets-bernadettePaul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

Paul’s goldfish life is the same: swim up, down, left, right, near, far.  That’s it…until Bernadette arrives.  With her, Paul learns to see the world outside his bowl, to imagine the possibilities, and to make a friend.  Gentle and heartwarming, this is a brilliant choice for sharing with those you love.  Share with ages 4+.

seb-and-hamishSeb and Hamish by Jude & Niki Daly

Seb and his mom are off to a friend’s house.  Ringing the doorbell, Seb hears barking.  “Go home,” he says.  But in they go, after Hamish’s owner puts him in the bedroom.  Playing and exploring, Seb makes his way to Hamish’s door.  And when he sneaks a bit of snack underneath, he discovers that Hamish isn’t as scary as he first thought.  A gentle story good for kids who fear new situations or people.

chicka-chicka-boom-boom-coverChicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

“A told B and B told C, ‘I’ll race you to the top of the coconut tree!””  And so begins the classic read-aloud experience.  All the lowercase letters run up the trunk to start with a rhyming, rhythmic chant.  But what goes up must come down…BOOM BOOM!  The injured letters (including black-eye p and loose-tooth t) are picked up by their uppercase parents.  As night falls, though, the letters can’t resist sneaking up the coconut tree again.  A must-read, must-own title.  Highly recommended.  Share with ages 2+.

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