Last year, my son graduated from the Maple classroom. Upon his graduation, I requested to continue Read-Aloud Tuesday with the children in the classroom. It is a joy to visit and share stories with them each week.
On #ReadAloudTuesday, I read to the Maple students age 3-6 at my son & daughter’s former Montessori school. Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of children’s literature with them each week.
Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting
Mouse has found a shoe. It’s not his, so what to do? Showcasing excellent manners and impeccible vocabulary, Mouse sets off to find the shoe’s owner. Admirably, he checks with everyone – even those he knows it cannot belong to – as no one likes being left out. Rhythmic and rich, this is another lovely collaboration between Bunting and Ruzzier. Share with ages 3-7. NEW in 2015.
It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
The moon is out, nigh has fallen, and the Wimbledon family is asleep. Until…HAROO! Awakened, Mr. Wimbledon finds that it’s only Stanley, howling at the moon. Asleep again, the family rest, until…CRASH BANG! But it’s only Stanley, cooking catfish stew. Their restful night is constantly disrupted with Stanley’s home repairs and odd jobs…but it’s his final bit of engineering that sends the family through the roof (literally). Clever readers will notice the simultaneous storyline from the TV set on the cover to the unexplained howling on the first page (it wasn’t Stanley, after all) to the final, out-of-this-world ending. Share with ages 4-9. NEW in 2015.
By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freeman
Mouse has a story to tell: “Once upon a time, there was a mouse”…but his friend, Frog, has other ideas. Wild, inventive, chaotic ideas with dragons, kings, and jillions of scoops of ice cream. Mouse is not appreciative of Frog’s frequent, lengthy interruptions, finally erupting with a loud “STOP!” This does stop Frog from taking over, but to what extent? Learning to use one’s words and work together as a team, Mouse and Frog are two friends destined for greatness. Share with ages 3-8. NEW in 2015.