I feel very strongly about reading to my students every day. It’s not always easy fitting it into our busy schedule, and there are days where it seems close to impossible, but I fight through the challenges and read to my kiddos on a daily basis.
I thought I would share a list of my favorite read alouds for 2011. There were new additions, some old classics, and a few student requests that made this list.
1. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (chapter book) – I read this book when I was a kid. It makes me giggle every year, and my students’ infectious laughter makes me giggle even more. There are 3 books in this series and I do a read aloud for all 3 books. This series is a must have for any 2nd or 3rd grade teacher. Currently, Scholastic book club is offering the 1st and 2nd books of this series for only a $1.00 a book. I ordered class sets at that fabulous price.
2. Miss Smith Reads Again! by Michael Garland (picture book) – This was realllly hard to pick my favorite Michael Garland book considering I love them all! I have ALL his books and I make sure to conduct read alouds for each one. This book is about a teacher that reads a story to her class and the students get transported into the book. Full of adventure and delightful in every way… also Garland’s illustrations are FAB!
3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (chapter book) – Roald Dahl…need I say more? Dahl’s enchanting words and intriguing characters provide delight for each child.
Stay tuned for the next 3 books...I’ll have to piece meal this list...too many holiday festivities going on. J