read aloud suggestions

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  1. Hogwarts Alum

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    I love reading classics to my students, such as The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. the imagery is awesome with those books. I have read Harry Potter in the past, but it gets really long. I have literature circles in my class and i have given those students books to read that are related to the theme we are working on in Open Court: The Devil's Arithmetic, Number the Stars, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry...etc.
     
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    We study the life of Roald Dahl and read a lot of his books - James & the Giant Peach, The BFG, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox.

    Last year my class loved Treasure Island. I found a great version that was more kid friendly.
     
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    We just finished the book "No Talking" by Andrew clements and then my students had a no talking competition for a day. Boy, was it quiet!

    We also read Becoming Naomi Leon and then did soap carvings in class. It was not geared toward any subject we were learning but it was the last book of the year and the kids loved the carvings.
     
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    Just an update... I did the Lightning Thief a few weeks ago and my class became absolutely OBSESSED. I had them read stories from the Greek Myth mini-books I mentioned before for homework and was able to get reading quiz grades out of that and found an amazing online teacher's guide for the book. The fourth book in the series was released just as we were finishing the first book in class, and a local book store had a huge release party and the author was in attendance. It was a little surreal how well it all turned out.

    I'm doing The Watsons Go to Birmingham in lit circles this last week of school, but thanks for all the suggestions.. I'll be doing lots of reading this summer!
     
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    I am so happy it turned out so well. I picked up book four and read it in 9 hours! I have now read all four and was fortunate enough to get an autographed copy of the Lightning Theif when the author was at a local bookstore. I cant wait til next may when book five is released!
     
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    I have The Lightning Thief in my stack of books to read this summer. My boys were trading it like baseball cards this year. It seems to be about a boy who is a real trouble-maker at school getting accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. Now the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus are at war and out to get him, so he has to try and get the lightning bolt back to Zeus or deal with the consequences. City of Ember is great, and I'm not a big fan of science fiction. It's a futuristic story about a community of humans living underground. Their society is failing and two kids (age 12) are trying to save everyone. Kind of a mystery sci-fiction book. I think your kids would enjoy it. I think it should be pretty easy to read aloud. I just read The Teacher's Funeral to my student. It's hard to get used to the rural speech and unfamiliar wording, but the kids were rivetted. They were begging me to read more when we had to stop; it is a hilarious book.
     
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    Anything by Gordon Korman is a good choice. "No Coins Please" and/or "I Want to Go Home" are very funny; "Island", "Dive" and "Everest" are all adventure thrillers (Island is my favourite) but they're trilogies so they take some time as read alouds.

    Todd Strasser also has some good, quick-read-type books. "Grizzly Attack" is always popular with my kids.

    Haven't read it but "Molly Moons" got the thumbs-up from my two strongest readers this year.
     
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    Finished The Lightning Thief and loved it. It's about a boy who is the son of Posidon, but he doesn't know it. Things start happening at the beginning of the book that let you know something strange is going on. Then one thing leads to another (ie he figures out a few things) and he winds up on a quest to recover Zeus's stolen lightning bolt. I am going to purchase then next book in the series and read it too. We don't study Greek mythology at all, but if we did this would be the perfect introduction to the genre.
     
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    I LOVED "Coraline!" I'm not a classroom teacher yet, but I read it because I loved "Stardust" (adult book by Gaiman). I would read it as a read aloud. Sorry I don't have kid-input though.
     
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    When I taught fifth two years ago, I read
    The Giver by Lois Lowry,
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards,
    Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan,
    Gossamer by Lois Lowry, and
    Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
    Just to name a few!
    My students loved all of these books and enjoyed the time I spent reading to them.
     
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    For a read aloud try The Adventures of Edward Tulane. This book is by the same author who wrote Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo. We had this as a read aloud during a Reading Project I attended early in June and it was great! I received a copy from the workshop and plan to read it as my first read aloud. I thought I would display other books by the author to jumpstart our reading for the year.
     
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    I haven't read this one. My kids loved her novel about the mouse, the rat, and the princess though-even the boys!
     
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    I believe the City of Ember will be a movie around Fall.
     
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    OOOHHH!!!! I hadn't heard this! Thanks for letting us knowGD2BQN!
     
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    The mouse, the rat, and the princess one is The Tale of Desperaux (sp?) I'm going to read it first. It's supposed to come out as a movie in December. Just read it, and I loved it.
     

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