Monday, October 17, 2011

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!

5 comments:

  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 :)

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  2. Jen,

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

    Sally

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  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

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  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

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  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!

    Hilary

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