If you’ve just started school or are seeing the first day come over the horizon at the end of the month, you’re probably building community in your new classroom by learning about and celebrating each other. Add Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder to your collection of identity-affirming read alouds for primary readers! Feder’s playful… Continue reading Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder
In my second grade classroom this year, we are weaving together our literacy goals of understanding character traits with our social emotional learning goals of understanding our own identity. Picture book characters are such a great vehicle for both! By learning about characters’ identities, we learn the language to help us describe our own. And… Continue reading Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Fauja Singh Keeps Going was voted this second grade class's "Read Aloud Rerun." Learn more about this new picture book biography!
This precious fable features Rose, a character who uses imagination, purpose and patience to build a community that is beautiful in every sense of the word. The plot involves Rose traveling in her teapot to a new land, a barren urban setting. She makes a plan to transform her new home. This eventually involves the… Continue reading Rose’s Garden, written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds
Yesterday afternoon I was sitting on my front porch looking at distance learning work in the sunshine when my friend sent a text. She's a faithful follower of the daily updates from our governor. She shared Ohio schools will remained closed for the rest of this school year. I anticipated this decision. Our numbers keep… Continue reading I’m Happy-Sad Today
Hi Readers, My friend, Mrs. Ryan, introduced me to a new story. Click below to listen to her read it aloud. I love this book. What do you think? https://youtu.be/MCvwwK5WhtQ HAPPY READING!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2AjM5bekCjY Hello Friends. I trust that all of our homeschoolers and students are well. As we continue to fill our days with the best reading, writing, and drawing adventures, I thought I’d share this one with you; “Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table”. This tale was written and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Auntie… Continue reading Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table
Enjoy a read aloud of, The Ladybug Race, written and illustrated by Amy Nielander and published by Pomegrante Kids, a division of Pomegranate Communications, Inc. This amazing wordless picture book tells the story of ladybugs racing to cross a finish line first, but wait, there is a bigger lesson here than who is the fastest...what… Continue reading The Ladybug Race
Chris Van Dusen's beloved characters of Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee win the heart of every reader! In Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Van Dusen has this duo head off for a day's adventure of fun on the water. Their day of boating takes an unexpected turn when one playful whale… Continue reading Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen
Just like kids and puppy dogs, I just couldn't tell you which of the many Robert Munsch books is my favorite. BUT... if I were going to be stranded on a desert island (or quarantined in my home) these would be at the top of the list. The Paper Bag Princess is one of my… Continue reading Munsch a Few Books
Hi Readers, Emily Arrow writes and sings songs about books. Each Tuesday, at 1:00 PM EST, she will sing live on YouTube. I hope you enjoy her songs as much as I do. https://youtu.be/TMlyVIBFI9w HAPPY READING AND HAPPY SINGING
Hi Readers, Scott Magoon posted a read-aloud of The Boy Who Cried BIGFOOT and a draw-along video. I love this story and I hope it makes you smile. https://youtu.be/9pPhnRcuCmU Happy Reading!
Readers ~ Many of us are spending time at home in the next few weeks, and many of us are looking for new and interesting books to read. Have you read all of the books you have at home? Are you interested in trying some new genres or authors? Do you want to hear a… Continue reading Just Keep Reading…
Hi Readers, I love this story and I love to study and learn from the way Oge writes this text. I hope you enjoy it too. Happy Reading! Tammy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_TKhaMv-cI&feature=youtu.be
Kids love Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, but they love it even more when it has sounds and songs. After reading this aloud to a first grade class recently, the students all stood up and cheered. The book was front and center at their meeting place on the rug, but Novel Effect, a free,… Continue reading Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Hi Readers, Guess what? I emailed Bob Shea to ask him if I could read his book aloud to you, and do you know what he said? He said, "YES!" Then he said something even better. Bob told me he read it aloud on YouTube and that I could share it with you. Thanks, Bob!… Continue reading Who Wet My Pants? By Bob Shea
Today I asked my youngest daughter, Alice, to join me as we read The Three Billy Goats Buenos, written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez. Alice has been in her pajamas all day because school is closed for the next two weeks due to the Coronavirus. It was a nice break in… Continue reading The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez
Hi Readers, Isatou Ceesay is one of my heroes. She cleans up the environment in her community, she creates her own business, and she makes beautiful things. Here is a read aloud about her written by Miranda Paul. I hope you don't mind that Ranger and Hoppy are listening too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLQ_zBBMXSs&feature=youtu.be Do you want to… Continue reading A Read Aloud of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia