Welcome! On Read-Aloud Tuesday, I read in the Maple classroom at my son’s Montessori school to students ages 3-6. Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of children’s literature with them each week.
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Rupert has a secret. He loves to dance…but only when his dancing-obsessed owner, Mandy, is asleep. Only then does he sneak into her closet, put on her dancing shoes, and spin and twirl to his heart’s content. When Mandy wakes up one night, she discovers Rupert’s secret and decides to teach him all her dance moves. What happens when Rupert, who wants to dance his own way, refuses? With gentle themes of confidence and sense of self, this dance-filled tale is worthy of many reads. New in 2014.
Lilting rhymes take readers on a sensory-filled weather journey. The sky begins “blue on blue”, but ominous gray clouds warn of the storm ahead. The rhythmic language begs to be read aloud, and the woodcut illustrations accentuate the focus. New in 2014.
Buzz’s pet fly, Fly Guy, is back! This time, they’re playing hide and seek all over the house. But when Fly Guy hides in garbage can, he is picked up and dropped off at the local dump! Buzz follows him there, repeatedly calling his name, yet he can’t find his fly. But has their game ended? Always a crowd favorite, the Fly Guy stories are great for building confidence of emerging readers.
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
“Monkey and me, Monkey and me. Monkey and me, we came to see…” So repeats this rhyming story of a young girl and her stuffed Monkey. Clever readers will notice clues in the illustrations, letting them know what Monkey sees (i.e., when jumping with Monkey in her “pouch”, they’re off to see some kangaroos). This begs to be read aloud, and it is a great addition to units on animals/zoos.