Pat decided to pick “oldies but goodies” – a selection of tried and true read alouds for elementary classrooms. Enjoy!
Our Granny, by Margaret Wild
In a celebration of grandmothers, Wild lists all the things grannies can be, all the places they can live, all the hobbies they can have, and so on. This book speaks to the diversity of the modern day granny. The illustrations by Vivas are fabulous and even comical at times!
Guess Who My Favorite Person Is, by Byrd Baylor (out of print – check your library)
Just like all of Baylor’s other books, the beauty of nature and being outdoors plays a big role. This time a little girl and a young man describe their favorite color or sound, favorite thing to touch or place to live, favorite smell or moving thing as they play a game lying in the grassy meadow. Try using this as a mentor text when talking about descriptive writing with students or just enjoy the beautiful language of the poetic free verse.
Koala Lou, by Mem Fox
I know it’s been around for a long time, but I still feel compelled to mention it because I love this book so much. The theme of a mother’s love is so beautifully intertwined with Koala Lou’s undying determination and endurance. I’ve never met a child or adult that couldn’t relate to this story. Don’t miss hearing Mem read it aloud on her website. Her voice will stay with you every time you read it.
There are so many wonderful variations of well-known folktales, but this version of a Cinderella tale is one of my favorites. I love changing my voice to match the two haughty older sisters, or the timid Rough-Face Girl, and the sister of the Invisible Being who demands answers from each one of them who wants to marry her brother. I’ve had many great discussions with 4th and 5th grade students about ‘what is truth, beauty, and true love?’
Edward the Emu, by Sheena Knowles
I practically have this one memorized, I’ve read it aloud so many times. It’s a commonly told story of one animal wishing he were something other than what he is, but realizing his value by the end. I like the rhyme and rhythm to the language. The illustrations are incredible. And the ending adds a little twist… leading right into the follow-up book, Edwina the Emu.
Katie decided to narrow her choices down to 5 of her favorite NEW books! A few are brand new in the picture book world and a few are just new to her. She’s looking forward to sharing them with her kindergarteners this fall.
Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer
We hope you are starting your year with some old favorites and some new finds that will really get kids loving books and loving to read. What books are in your “top 10”?