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.
Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky
A short, simple poem celebrating the uniqueness in each of us. Repetition adds to the fun, as children can join in. Notable are the diverse illustrations, full of personality and character. Share with ages 3+.
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
One night, thunder crashes and lightning flashes. Bear puts on a brave face for his snuggle, Floppy, but he is afraid. In turn, his mom and dad find him hiding underneath his bed and ask if they can stay. Each remind Bear of their love and comfort him through the night. Bold illustrations compliment this all-too-real tale of dealing with storms. Share with ages 2-6.
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
City Dog, new to the country, bounds across the field to the pond one spring day. There, Country Frog sits. The two strike up a friendship. As the seasons progress, they play: froggy games in the spring, doggy games in the summer, and remembering games in the fall. Then winter comes, and Country Frog isn’t there. Why? And what is City Dog to do? Willems writes a poignant story of friendship and loss appropriate for all ages. Muth’s gentle watercolors capture the changing seasons as well as the heartfelt care between the two animals. Highly recommended.
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley
A little boy is ready for bed: jammies on, teeth brushed, tucked in. Just as he’s ready to fall asleep…BEEP! BEEP! His three energetic robots are wide awake and need him. Careful readers will spy Rocco’s silent Mouse on almost every page, who ultimately realizes what the robots need to go to sleep (hint: you’re reading about it right now). With a catchy refrain and adorable robots, this should become a favorite bedtime story. Pair with 2015’s Goodnight, Already! for a fun-filled, interactive, and wide-awake storytime. NEW in 2015. Share with ages 2-7.