Welcome! On Read-Aloud Tuesday, I read to 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.
Flight School by Lita Judge
Little Penguin wants to fly. Seems simple, except that penguins cannot fly. He doesn’t let this fact stop him, creatively challenging the norms of science to achieve his dream. Showcasing the importance of determination and friendship, this story shines. The zinger of an ending (Penguin bringing Ostrich to school) doesn’t hurt, either.
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Henny’s different: she has arms instead of wings. Some days this is a good thing: she can point, hail a taxi, and hold an umbrella. Other days, though, she wishes she was more like the rest of the brood. Being different is never easy, but Henny’s honest reactions to the challenges make this a winner.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
The true story of Philippe Petit, the young tightrope walker who strung a wire between the unfinished World Trade Center towers and walked across it in 1974. With neither proper permission or a safety net, Petit knelt, lay upon, and bounced thousands of feet above NYC for over an hour in the opportunity of a lifetime. A magical story to read aloud. Highly recommended…as is this news video of the event: