Wow! What else can I say? First of all, Kim, this has been a great choice in books to read! This guy is an easy read even for someone like me that isn't a big reader. The humor has been fabulous and has kept me engaged even when the chapter seemed to never end. =)
Some of my favorite go tos for read alouds are:
1. The Junie B. Jones series - Who can't relate to a sassy little girl like Junie B. Jones!! Her terrible grammar gives me opportunities to help my own students make corrections with their grammar as they 'correct' hers!
2. SkippyJon Jones books - Love reading with my 'best Spanish accent'. Lots of good conversation can occur about using your imagination to create stories in your minds.
3. Almost any of the Robert Munsch books - They are hilarious and the kids enjoy the mishaps that often happen. One of my favorites of his is Stephanie's Ponytail.
4. Jan Brett books (I was surprised that he didn't nor did the others mention any of her books. The illustrations are very detailed and makes for great prediction questions along the way.
5. Parts, More Parts and Even More Parts (3 separate titles) by Tedd Arnold The kids love the 'grossness' of these books and there are lots of text features that can be addressed.
I second Chris on the read-ability of this professional book!! I have loved it.
I've been on vacation and haven't actually gotten to chapter 5 yet but thought this post would fit here best.
Recommended read aloud: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
This story is written in free verse and has the singular voice of a 5th grade (I think) boy. In the story the poetry reluctant boy is responding back to his teacher about poems and writing he is being exposed to and encouraged to participate in. Love the voice of the boy that Sharon Creech created. I think reluctant writers could identify with this story. I haven't actually used it yet. Started it last spring thinking I could get it in during SOL testing. Alas, testing ate up too much time and I only saw those classes once or twice again. Next year I'm gonna get this book read to them!
FYI: Forbes Center for the Performing Parts is bringing this story to the stage March 31, 2016!
Carlene, I love using this book with our fifth grade poetry unit. First I teach the essential knowledge about poetry/figurative language through the poems that Creech uses in Love That Dog. Then, when we share the novel (class set) the students can relate with experiences they already had with the unusual/confusing/tantalizing aspects of the poems the class in the book is hearing. (But reading aloud his poem telling about Sky getting hit....can't do it without my voice breaking!)
Carlene, We used Love That Dog as one of our "Battle of the books" choices for 4th and 5th grade at PES this past year. It was one of the favorites and kids were always asking for that title. Thanks for the info about Forbes Center performance! YES to reluctant readers identifying with this book.
Jill, I love the idea of using Love That Dog for a poetry unit/figurative language with 5th grade. I to do the same this year.
Okay, now that I have finished the book, I am so glad I chose this one. It has lit a fire within me to be a better advocate of read alouds to peers and parents.
The Secret Soldier: the story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern. 4th and 5th graders enjoyed this last year and were amazed this woman pulled off her masquerade.
Brave Harriet: the first woman to fly the English channel by Marissa Moss. Students know Amelia Earhart but did not realize there were other women pilots before her, like Harriet Quimby.
If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky. A picture book of Haiku that I have used with grade 1-5. Great vocabulary and opportunity for visualization. After the first three poems, students had to guess the animal based on the descriptive poem.
Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein. Kids just love to hear it read for the repetitive text and to see if I will pass out before taking a breath at the end of a page.
Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan. Poems about dogs. Be prepared to hear every students' relatable pet experience when you read this one.
Mirror, Mirror: a book of reverso poems by Marilyn Singer. So creative! The author uses popular fairy tales as the subject in these poems that are read forwards and backwards. By reading them backwards, it changes the meaning and voice of the poem. Great for demonstrating how punctuation can affect a story. Favorite poem: In My Hood.
Chester; Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
The Dog House; Can You Make A Scary Face?; The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas (and others by her)
Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson Interactive about the changing seasons.
A Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson. FUNNY!
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary Read to my first graders every year in the fall. Nice transition book to first grade as students laughed at Ramona's kindergarten behavior.
Buddy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler. Will even work for Kindergarteners.
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. This was a Virginia Reader's Choice last year that students who love mysteries enjoyed.
Poppy by Avi One of my all time favorites on dealing with oppresive figures.
Roscoe Riley series by Kate Applegate Think Junie B. Jones' boy version. Roscoe was only trying to help when he used Super Glue to keep the wiggly kid in his seat.
Okay, I'll stop now! :-)
WOW, Carlene!! Great list! I just added several of those to the list of books for me to preview this summer!! Thank you!
Wow Carlene! I also love Mirror, Mirror. I think because I love all of the fairy tale spin offs and this one pulls in poetry as well.
First, I will say that I will be doing my part to boost the economy and amazon sales following this chapter! Mercy, this may be an expensive professional development exercise!! :) Books I will definitely be using:
*Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry offers lots of opportunities for visualization!
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
*Ish by Peter Reynolds which I hope will teach children to take chances with their contributions.
*Mr Peabody's Apples by Madonna,
*anything by Patricia Polacco,
*Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington, *Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw,
*Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
*Dangerous Dan by Jef Mallett
*Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon
Naming a few.....
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls is my top choice for a chapter book read aloud. It is one of those books that make you laugh and cry and the ending is very moving. Our son read it over and over when he was in the upper elementary grades. Patricia Polacco's fabulous books are my favorites for picture book read alouds.This summer my Iraqi students have really enjoyed Wangari's Trees of Peace, Goal, The Librarian of Basra, Sweet Music and Malala/Iqbal. It really depends on the make up of your students and their listening level.
The first book I plan to read because of Layne's book is Touching Spirit Bear. The two other teachers I am living and working with this summer are from Canada and they said many of their sixth and seventh grade teachers use this book in their classes because of the strong story line and restorative justice component.
This has been one of the most enjoyable professional books I have read! Dr. Layne has given me the encouragement I needed (in a humorous and candid way) to make reading aloud to my students a significant part of my Language Arts block and to defend it.
Thanks to him I am also spending $$$ at the Green Valley Book Fair! I think I harvested some good finds. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm was found (Woo-hoo!) as well as some other good non-fiction read-alouds like Koko's Kitten, Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree, Tuesday Tucks Me In and Dog's on Duty. As soon as I read the recommendation of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm I knew I had to have that one! I think the students can relate to the bad habits that Mrs. PW tries to break them of.
I want to use Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree to, hopefully, inspire my students to see nature and journal writing as a "friend" to help them through tough times.
Koko's Kitten and the two books about service dogs will, without a doubt, interest the girls AND boys. I love stories about the animal relationships between different species and I have a lot of respect for service dogs. It's my hope that the students will want to respect true heroes and the differences of others.
As for Gooseberry Park, a chapter book I mentioned in a previous chapter's blog, I feel good about using it in the spring with my class. The book is about a chocolate lab, an expectant mother squirrel, a hermit crab and a bat and how they become friends and take care of each other. It is in the spring that we do our animal unit, so it will fit in nicely at that time. It offers many opportunities for me to model and invite the use of comprehension strategies.
I think I'm ready to have a good INSTRUCTIONAL time of reading aloud to my class this year! Thanks, again, Kim for facilitating these book studies and offering this professional book.
What a rich professional development experience this book has been for me. Chapter 5 was such a delightful way to end it! I circled the recommended books that drew me in and I have not yet read. They've definitely been added to my reading list.
A genre of books that I am always looking to expand in my library are Multicultural children's literature. I believe this genre nicely blends fiction and non-fiction, as the descriptions and illustrations become valuable teaching tools. With the growing diversity in our community, it's so helpful for children to hear inner thoughts of those from other experiences and cultures.
I will list a few of my favorites:
Going Home, by Eve Bunting-- a Hispanic family from US takes a trip to Mexico for Christmas. The children struggle to understand why their parents are so happy to be back 'home.'
The Cello of Mr O by Jane Cutler-- set in a war-besieged eastern European country, the children find comfort from the beautiful music Mr. O makes in the town square, even at great risk to himself.
At the Crossroads, by Rachel Isadora-- Aftrican children wait for their fathers to return after 10 months of working in mines.
Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco-- chronicles the author's experience of friendship, love, and loyalty between her own Russian immigrant family and her African American neighbors
When I was Young in the Mountains, by Cynthia Rylant-- a young girls description of the joy of everyday life growing up in Appalachia.
Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles-- set in Alabama in the 1960s, the story of two best friends, one white and one African American, and their struggle to understand segregation and civil rights.
The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson-- another story about segregation from the south in the 1950s. Two little girls form a bond, in spite of the fence that separates the home of the African American family from the home of the white family.
To name just a few...
Yes, I love The Other Side, and all of Jacqueline Woodson's books.
Thank you, Kim, for selecting this book and making copies available to us for summer study! This book--along with the suggestions above-- has added quite a few new titles to my reading list and is helping me think about the books I already like to use and how to enhance students' enjoyment of them, especially students who lack exposure to vocabulary and life experience.
Okay, I guess I put that last entry under the wrong question! To note some books for read-aloud:
In fourth grade last year, we read together for the first time The Keeping Room by Anna Myers since it reinforced the Revolutionary War Social Studies curriculum. It was a great one for getting "the movie in the head" going and doing some dramatic re-enactment at the surprising end.
Fourth-graders also enjoyed The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. I want to incorporate more of Dr. Layne's suggestion of asking students, "Can you imagine the look on his face?" or "What do you think her body posture is right there?" and inviting students to show it.
Fifth graders like ghost stories by Betty Ren Wright, such as A Ghost Comes Calling and Christina's Ghost, as well as some more somber ones like Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary and an older one, A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith.
Has anyone read aloud Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin? I love this story about stories and friendship. Does it play as a read-aloud? A shared novel study?
These are ones I've used before and found effective and engaging. There are a number on my list from this book study that I want to read and consider including in instruction for the coming year!
Here are some titles I’ve read in the past to my second grade students and plan to use again.
The World According to Humphrey and Holidays According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
These are titles I read when I was teaching fourth grade that the students enjoyed.
Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
This year I’d like to add Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. While I’ve read other Lowry books I’d never even heard of Gooney Bird until seeing it recommended in Layne’s book. The story is engaging and funny and there’s a message about using ordinary experiences to create stories, something young writers need to hear repeatedly. I’m also considering using Because of Winn-Dixie later in the year with second graders based on Layne's recommendation.
While I've always believed in the importance of read-alouds and read loud regularly, reading this book has inspired me to seek out new titles to use. Now I have a list of books to look for based on recommendations in Layne's book and from the other participants in this forum.
To echo everyone's sentiments about this book, I, too, absolutely loved it. Anything written by Stephen Layne is a great read in my humble opinion!
Here are my titles that I love to read aloud to my students:
1. Christmas Jars by Jason Wright - a beautiful story of love, family, lies, forgiveness, and giving to others without desiring any credit.
2. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - a beautiful story that deals with homelessness, prejudice, bullying, and realizing that you're never to old to learn.
3. Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter - a poignant story of a young girl, Anne Faye Honeycutt, who lives during the polio epidemic of the 40's, Her father goes off to war and she becomes the "man" of the house. The book is a tearjerker in parts, dealing with the death of a family member and moving past it. Hostetter has also written a sequel, Comfort, which is equally as good and the students beg to read.
4. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George - the story of a young girl who leaves a bad family situation and survives traveling the frozen tundra by befriending a pack of wolves and learning their ways and their language. Girls identify with the main character, but the boys love the wolves - works for all!
5. Any books by Ben Mikaelsen - I have used several of his for read alouds and they have all been successful: Touching Spirit Bear, which we all read about in Layne's book, Rescue Josh McGuire - deals with alcoholism, broken families, and survival. Josh's father shoots a mother bear and leaves the cub an orphan. Josh tries to bring it home but will be forced to surrender it to game officers. So, he takes his brother's motorcycle, provisions, and the cub and heads off into the mountains.
My favorite book of Mikelsen's is Petey - story of a man born with cerebral palsy in the 20's who is institutionalized for most of his life. He is moved into a nursing home where he meets a teen named Trevor Ladd...a beautiful story of friendship, compassion, and acceptance...a very sad at times story - but a beautiful, touching story.
I, too, agree with what has been said regarding this book. Steven Layne is a fabulous writer. I have read most of his books and have always finished them feeling renewed and validated.
I was talking to someone a few weeks ago about reading aloud to children and adults. This person is not an educator but understood my concern that too many teachers have cut back on this due to standardized testing. I commented on my fear and she looked at me with such pity and concern for our profession. This made me sad yet hopeful for those of us reading this book. Reading aloud to someone regardless of his/her age should be considered a nonnegotiable. Students need to hear the written word. It’s not a waste of time or a way to fill time. Administrators coming into classrooms should not see it as something that isn’t “real teaching.” It must be a part of daily instruction.
Thanks, Kim for choosing this book and making reading aloud to students a focus for us this year. May it never be something we need to defend in the future.
I just finished Chapter 5 today. What an excellent book to read prior to the start of a new school year! Thank you, Kim, for selecting this one!
I've been challenged by Layne, his contributors, and all of you to go deeper into read-aloud enjoyment and preparation of instruction. Maybe it's the time of year, but I'm seeing a bulletin board in my mind's eye as part of my follow-up. I'll divide the board into sections, each a different genre. I'll post a picture of the current read-aloud, post-it comments/questions from students, specific conventions observed, vocabulary we want to remember, inferences, synthesis, etc. This will be a visual reminder to me to read widely across genres.
My list of favorite read-aloud will be added soon!
Your bulletin board idea sounds fun and functional! Great idea!
I need to set aside more time to read. There are so many books listed in this chapter I haven't heard of and am excited to look for them.
A few of my favorite picture books to read aloud are:
1. *Oh, No!* by Fleming and Rohman. Great for inferencing and predicting, plus showing how there is benefit of reading a book a second time to notice author's clues you overlooked in the first read. I also like talking about the multiple meaning of "Oh, No"
2. *The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" by Wood. Although geared for young readers, I love using the pictures to help identify character's feelings and thoughts.
3. *Henry & the Kite Dragon" by Hall wonderful story of how to see to points of view and find a way to work out differences in a peaceful manner.
4. *Hey Little Ant" by Hoose. Book is set up like a reader's theater and hear point of view of the boy and ant and leads into a good writing prompt at the end.
5. *Some Smug Slug" by Edwards. I've used this for alliteration, vocabulary, predicting, and rereading the book, noticing warnings the other animals were giving to the smug slug.
Chapter books that I have found students love to hear or read are:
1. *Tornado* by Byar
2. *Love That Dog* by Creech (poetry)
3. *Frindle* by Clements
4. *Stay Away from Simon" by Carrick
5. *Stories Julian Tells" or "More Stories Julian Tells" by Cameron (most chapters are stand alone and could be read isolated for given purposes)
Here are a few books I like to read aloud in my first grade class:
The World According to Humphrey - (Birney) This is a great book to open discussions about how everyone is different, and it's important to try to understand others. Told through the eyes of a hamster, makes for a fun perspective!
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - (Cleary) I read this book aloud for the first time this past year, and my students love the adventures of this little mouse.
Peter Pan - (Barrie) I've read this book every year, and it's a favorite for students. It's a great book to practice visualizing the characters as Barrie describes them. It's also fun to compare and contrast the book to the movie.
The Tale of Despereaux - (DiCamillo) I just read this one myself this summer, and I would like to incorporate it into my read alouds for this year. It's a great adventure story of a brave little mouse. I think it would be great for a cause and effect lesson or two.
Some picture books I love:
Make Way for Ducklings - (McCloskey) Anything by McCloskey is wonderful - love the pictures!
Library Lion - (Knudsen) An unlikely library helper is discovered and saves the day!
The Big Blue Spot - (Holwitz) A fun interactive book
I Like Myself! (Beaumont) - great for a beginning of the year book - celebrates differences
Ox Cart Man - (Hall) Great for our past and present unit
Rufus Goes to School - (Griswell) Another beginning of the year book with a pig who desperately wants to go to school. Wonderful pictures!
I loved this chapter because I LOVE lists!! I need a check list of books to collect over time! I love using picture books to introduce reading skills to my 4th graders. Some of the books I use are:
Main Idea: Keeping Quilt
Sequence: The Paperbag Princess
Cause & Effect: Give a Pug a Pancake
Compare/Contrast: Gingerbread Man/Gingerbread Girl
Drawing Conclusions: Stellaluna (one of my favorites as a kid)
Fact/Opinion: A Bad Case of Strips (LOVE!)
I'm still working on building a library to meet the rest of the reading skills I cover. :)
I teach below grade level readers who are just starting to try chapter books. I like to use chapter books that are part of a series to hook my kids. Some of the books we have enjoyed togther are Sarah, Plain and Tall, Judy Moody, The Lemonde Wars, and Beezus and Romana. My kids voted on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this past year and it was fabulous! I had never read it as a kid but found a class set in our team closet- it was SO much fun!
Where to begin!!! First of all, I realize that I love to read picture books as well as chapter books aloud to students.
Some of my favorite read aloud books include:
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
The World According to Humprhey by Birney
Any of Patricia Polacco books...real life and relational
Any of Chris Van Allsburg books...great for inferring, questioning,
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson
Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems...great for voice, expression, identifying problem, and solution
Courage by Bernard Waber
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan...Connecting to schema
Flute's Journey by Lynne Cherry...Sequencing
I certainly have favorite authors for my read aloud choices. I love anything by Roald Dahl, Kevin Henkes, Patricia Polacco, Mo Williams, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Kate DiCamillo. For fluency work through poetry, I love Shel Silverstein. His poems are timeless! For Reader's Theater I love to use Scholastic's selections, but particularly love the title 12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays.
I appreciate all the wonderful lists that you all have given. I ditto many of them. I just wanted to add one more favorite that I enjoyed sharing with a fifth grade class this past year. The book The One and Only Ivan was a real hit with a group of reluctant readers. I just found a note in my mailbox that a 5th grader (I guess) brought in this summer. She wrote, "Thank you for finding a book that I love. The One and Only Ivan is now my favorite. You helped me love reading...." She ended her letter with, " I hated reading at the beginning of the year. Now I love to read and I will keep reading over the summer." WOW! The power of a good read-aloud! May you all have wonderful adventures as you read to students this year. Blessings to you all!
Unfortunately I mostly work with K-2, and 3rd grade but lower level readers, so I don't feel like I have a lot of suggestions chapter book-wise to add to these other great suggestions.
As for picture books...I'm an author reader. I love anything by Kevin Henkes (brings a cuteness to real life and everyday situtations), Patricia Polacco (a little deeper with more "meat"), Mo Willems, and too many more.
I love City Dog, Country Frog is a wonderful story about friendship, loss and memories. Toot and Puddle is another great story along the same lines. Our students loved Cricket in Times Square,The World According to Humphrey and The Mouse and the Motorcycle the past few years with One Book, One School. There's just something about that main character being an animals that seems to lend itself to all audiences. I loved reading non-fiction in small groups with my 2nd graders. They love the fact that they can finally read on a high enough level to gain information.
The Molly Lou Melon books are as cute as they can be while making us proud to be who we are and realize that everyone has something that they're good at. Koala Lou is a fabulous story for children with siblings...understanding that just because life gets busy doesn't mean that they are loved any less.
Okay I'm rambling now with no direction and order to my book suggestions. Great book!
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries