So, last year I started teaching reading using the Daily 5/CAFE model. I have loved it immensely, for the record. I usually start us off by modeling one of the cafe strategies using a read-aloud. Occasionally this will be a picture book, but more often than not it is a chapter book. I'm kind of mixing our "read aloud just for pleasure" with an intro to a strategy. It's relatively low key, about 10 minutes of reading at a time and the kids do not necessarily have a copy of the text to follow along with. Anyway, this year I flip-flopped our read-aloud between a unit related historical fiction to a high interest fiction chosen by the kids from a pool of six or so books. I found this to be hit or miss for a couple reasons. Sometimes the kids who didn't vote for the winner would be reluctant to enjoy the chosen book. More importantly, we would choose the book about a week before we started reading it and I often scrambled to get materials ready and to match the book up to the CAFE strategies. This year I'm still going to read historical fiction and then another fiction every other time. But I think I am going to have set books. So far I'm thinking: Holes, Fake Mustache, Hatchet, Number the Stars, The Phantom Tollbooth and Bridge to Terabithia are all options. Any other high interest fiction favorites I'm missing? Any picture books that match up well with specific CAFE strategies?