Welcome! On #ReadAloudTuesday, 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.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
One night, a little kitten mistakes the full, round, white moon for a bowl of milk. Hungrily, she pursues it: running across fields, climbing trees, even leaping into a pond! Tired, wet, and exhausted, she returns home to find a special surprise on her porch. Henkes’s pacing is perfect, as is the gentleness in which the kitten explores her world. The Caldecott-winning black and white illustrations are a bonus. Share with ages 2+.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry.” So begins this rhyming, rhythmic ode to berries and creative play. With playful illustrations, off-beat plotline, and fun-loving characters, this is a classic worthy of reading again and again. Share with ages 2-5.
You Are NOT My Friend, But I Miss You by Daniel Kirk
Monkey and his best friend Dog are true buddies, until the day they argue over a toy ball. “You are NOT my friend”, Monkey emphatically states, taking his ball away. As he recalls ways in which Dog was not a good friend, readers begin to see that Monkey is just as guilty of not being a good friend. This is THE BOOK for preschool and Kindergarten teachers who struggle with friendship issues. Share with ages 3-7. NEW in 2014.
Manana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
The folktale of The Little Red Hen with a Spanish twist. Iguana is hosting a fiesta on Sabado. Who will help her mail the invitations, hang the streamers, and cook the food? “Yo no!”, cry the conejo (rabbit), tortuga (tortoise), and culebra (snake). When they’re left out of the festivities by frustrated, upset Iguana , the three realize the error of their ways and work to find an opportunity to help. Includes a glossary of spanish terms. Share with ages 4-10.