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!