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.
Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting
Curious LIttle Elephant follows Mama, holding her tail tight…except when she has a question. Then “Tweak, Tweak”, Little Elephant gently tugs Mama’s tail and asks about the animals she sees and their actions. And while Little Elephant can’t fly like a butterfly or climb the acacia tree like the monkey, she CAN wave her ears like butterfly wings and scratch her back on the bark of the tree. A gentle story of childhood curiosity. Ruzzier’s illustrations are quietly lovely. Share with ages 2-6.
Nobody’s Perfect by David Elliott
A young boy knows that not everyone is perfect: little sister is too loud, Mom can be too stubborn, best friend is a show-off, and he – well, he can be a bit too messy. But through interactions with each, the boy learns that life is perfect when we accept – and embrace – the imperfections. A message for children and adults alike. Kid-friendly illustrations, full of energy and color, are a perfect accompaniment. NEW in 2015. Share with all ages.
Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! by Brenna Maloney
For every parent who knows all too well the trials of “getting ready” and is looking for a gentle story to ease morning transitions. Ready Rabbit’s mother requests – repeatedly – for Ready to get ready for school. But school, breakfast and the like aren’t nearly as important as building spaceships, rescuing creatures, and daydreaming. Distractions? Not to Ready Rabbit! Maloney’s photographs of the 6″ stuffed Ready Rabbit are the perfect addition to this sweet story. NEW in 2015. Share with ages 3+. .
Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead
Sadie has a Special Delivery for her great-aunt Josephine: an elephant. See, Great-Aunt Josephine lives completely alone and could really use the company. But delivering an elephant is tricky: Sadie tries to deliver via post office, airmail, and the train. Each helps, but an elephant is, after all, a tricky package to ship. It’s the illustration of the actual delivery to Great-Aunt Josephine – who is “completely alone” with many of Sadie’s previous deliveries – that captures the care and heart of the story. NEW in 2015. Share with ages 4+.