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Favorite Read Alouds

I just can't resist a good "linky party", and reading to my students is my very favorite thing to do as a teacher.  So when Swimming Into Second was sponsoring a  Favorite Read Aloud Linky Party, I couldn't resist.
The hard part was deciding on the Read Aloud.  I've read so many wonderful books to my students over the years, how could I possibly decide on just one.  Well, I hope no one minds, but I'm picking a few.

Jubal's Wish by Audrey Wood is a beautiful story about a frog named Jubal who goes looking for a picnic with friends on a beautiful day.  It has beautiful, vivid pictures by Don Wood, and a story line that will grab your heart and leave you feeling positive for the rest of the day.  It's one I could read over and over, and you can hear a pin drop when the children are listening to this one!

Who doesn't love a Patricia Polacco story?  For the Love of Autumn is about a lovable kitten named Autumn, and her owner, a young schoolteacher named Danielle, who loves her students almost as much as she loves her pet.  Clearly Patricia Polacco has had cats, her descriptions are perfect!  It's a charming story, and another one where the faces of the children listening are priceless.
I always read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli around Valentine's Day, since the story is focused on Mr. Hatch accidentally getting a box of candy on Valentine's Day.  When he thinks someone loves him, timid Mr. Hatch comes out of his shell and becomes quite lovable. This heartwarming story has a nice lesson for children about earning friendships, and usually leaves me a little "sniffly" when I'm done reading.  Don't wait until Valentine's Day to read it!

Oh, I could go on forever, there are so many good ones. Be sure to head on over to Swimming Into Second's Linky Party to see some more great read alouds!


  1. Can I tell you how much I LOVE Patricia Polacco??? And even more that book - I think I have like 5 copies of it. The year my daughter was born, I had a few students buy it for me....my daughter's name is Autumn :)

  2. Jen,

    I don't blame you, Jen, she's fantastic. That's the perfect book for someone with a daughter named Autumm!


  3. Thanks for joining my linky party! I love Mr. Hatch too! I'm going to have to find "For the Love of Autumn." It looks adorable.

    Swimming into Second

  4. Jubal's Wish is sooooo wonderful! I've used this in so many lessons. You're right. You can hear a pin drop when you read it to the kiddos.

    Dragonflies in First

  5. I'm going to have to check out Jubal's Wish! It sounds fantastic! Thanks for checking out my posts. I'm now a follower!



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