Read-Aloud Tuesday: 2/24/15 – BEARS!


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: BEARS!


The Bear Just Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

It started with some delicious berries in the forest.  Bear stuffed himself and, like all good meals, promptly fell asleep…in the back of a pick-up truck headed for the big city.  Waking up, he meanders through the sights and smells of the city.  Coming upon a park, he finds – and eats – your sandwich.  This – according to the narrator, a tiny dog – is what really happened to the missing sandwich.  With a wink and nod toward Audrey Wood’s classic Red Ripe Strawberry and Big Hungry Bear, Sarcone-Roach’s written a tale that was a delight to the littles.  Share with ages 3-9.  NEW IN 2015!

goodnight-alreadyGoodnight, Already! by Jory John

Bear is tired.  Neighbor Duck is not.  Snuggled in for the night, Bear drifts off to sleep…only to be repeatedly woken by Duck.  No matter the idea (playing cards, reading books) or the distraction (borrowing ingredients, emergency house visits) Bear responds with a simple, emphatic “No.”  He just wants to sleep, and tells Duck “Goodnight, already!” each time he shows him the door.  With a classic switcheroo ending and spot-on illustrations (Davies is a genius!), this story had the students requesting more before the last page was turned.   Highly recommended.  Share with ages 3+.  NEW IN 2015!

a-bed-for-bearA Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland

Bernard is tired, but his cave is not right: it is too crowded, too big, and not right for sleeping.  So he sets off.  But Frog’s lilypad bed is too wet, Bird’s nest bed is too windy (and breakable!), and Rabbit’s den is too tight.  Finally, the little mouse who has followed Bear across the forest asks Bernard what, exactly, he wants.  And it turns out, he had it all along.  A perfect story to show that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  Perfect for winter/hibernation units.  Share with ages 3-7.  (c)2014

You-Are-Not-SmallYou Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Two nameless bear-like creatures star in this brief story highlighting perspective.  The purplish one is called small, but it’s really the orange who is big.  Orange can’t be big – there are many like him – so Purple must be small.  The argument ping-pongs until two unexpected visitors arrive, showing how one can be both big AND small at the same time.  Ample white space, bold characters, and large, clear font make this perfect for sharing aloud.  Perspective has never been so fun!  Highly recommended.  Share with ages 3+.  (c)2014.

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