What is your favourite read aloud?

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  1. lnewbigging

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    I was wondering what your favorite read aloud picture book is. I have $100 dollars to spend at a bookstore, and I am stuck on what to buy. There are so many choices and I want to make some good ones.
     
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    I'm going to compile a list and post it tomorrow. Today has been a crazy day, and I need to go to bed. I'll give you my top 10 tomorrow! :)
     
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    I actually have three, and they'll all work for any grade (they are all picture books, too):

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (being yourself)
    The Empty Pot by Demi (honesty)
    I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe (liking yourself)

    My 2 favorite non-picture read aloud chapter books are:
    Frindle by Andrew Clements
    The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
     
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    Frindle is great! I read aloud The Kid Who Ran For President and they loved it.
     
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    I'm such a sap! I cried at the end of Frindle!
     
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    I absolutely love this book(and the kids do too)... you can read it aloud, but it also comes with a CD in which John Lithgow sings the entire story to you in a cute and upbeat tune. As far as I know, it is in hardcover only:
    Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow
     
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    Can you go to a used bookstore or buy off of e-bay?? You could get more for your money at these places.
     
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    Me too!

    My favorite read aloud for the beginning of the school year is First Day Jitters. I also like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs for when I'm going to be introducing a unit on weather.
     
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    Chapter Books are great for 2nd grade
    Miss Daisy Is Crazy (Dan Gutman Series)
    Horrible Harry
    Magic Tree House
    A to Z Mysteries
     
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    Charloette's Web but now I'm wondering if the movie will hurt the results.
     
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    for starters.....
    1. The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane (Kate DiCamilla)
    2. The B.F.G.(Roald Dahl)
    3. The Hundred Dresses (Estes/Slobodkin)
    4. Little House in the Big Woods (LIWilder)
    5. The Twits (Roald Dahl)
    6. Because of Winn Dixie (Kate DiCamilla)
    7. Bunnicula (Howe)
    8. Gooney Bird (series...Lois Lowry)
    9. Mr. Popper's Penguins (Atwater)
    10. Champ (Marcia Thorton Jones)
    (oops! I just read the question again, and these are some of my favorite read-alouds...not read-aloud PICTURE books. Guess I can't get too upset with my kids for not reading all the directions thoroughly when I don't myself! :eek: )
     
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    I like First Day Jitters, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and Miss Nelson is Missing for the beginning of the school year. Last year at the beginning of third grade, we read The Chocolate Touch. I LOVE that book! :)
     
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    My favorite picture book is Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. You should definitely look at thrift stores before you go to a bookstore. You can get books for as little as 50 cents at thrift stores.
     
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    The Old Woman WHo Named THings by Cynthia Rylant
    An Angel for Solomon Singer by Cynthia Rylant (may be a bit too mature for 2nd graders)
    I am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
    A Chair For my Mother
    Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna (yes, THE Madonna...it is excellent and about the distructive power of gossip)
    Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis (about death but a really good book nonetheless)


    I also LOVE The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. It is long for a read-aloud, but my all-time fave children's book--great message!! My first class of 4th graders were called "the Golden Shoe Pack", referrenced from this book. They loved being hte "G.S.P."--too funny, the ideas we get as teachers.

    Chapter Books I love
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Fudge by Judy Blumne
     
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    Anything by Kevin Henkes: Chrysanthemum is my favorite.
     
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    Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (sp)
    Epossumondus by Colleen Salley
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Hairy Toe by Daniel Postgate
     
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    Anything written by Patricia Polacco. My favorites include:

    Thank You, Mr. Falker
    Welcome Comfort
    Mr. Lincoln's Way
    I Can Hear the Sun
    Thunder Cakes
    Chicken Sunday

    Each of her books tells a wonderful story and her writing style offers great examples for mini lessons in writing.
     
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    Stelleluna (don't remember the author)
    Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (don't remember the author but my kids loved this book-needs to be read with ALOT of expression!)
     
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    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane by Kate DiCamillo- This book is such an amazing read aloud. I had parents who borrowed it from me when I was done reading it to the kids and it got passed all year so that they could all read it-- It is such an amazing book!!!!!
     
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    What grade is that book appropriate for, trayums? I love Kate DiCamillo.
     
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    This is the one I was going to suggest. This is my favorite picture book of all. I have read it to my 5th graders, kindergarteners and first graders. They all enjoyed it. I have heard that the audio book of it is really well done also.
     
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    The audio is not that great. I enjoy reading it with much more excitement than the author does. I LOVE Skippyjon Jones, and he has a couple of sequels that play on the same ideas as the first but with new adventures. Kids enjoy them all.

    Also, an all-time favorite: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon. So much fun!!

    I think someone else also said Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus...and all of the Pigeon books are great. They're by Mo Williems.

    Also, for younger guys: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 1,2,3
     
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    "Stellaluna" is by Janelle Cannon, and she also wrote "Verdi."

    If I had a lot of money, I would buy anything and everything by Jan Brett. Her pen-and-ink and drybrush watercolor illustrations are so intricate and beautiful, with little surprises here and there for children to discover.

    GO TO JAN BRETT'S WEBSITE! She is the most teacher-friendly writer imaginable. She has a ton of supplemental materials, including beautiful printable full-color masks you can use for classroom dramatizations of her books (like "The Mitten" or "Hedgie's Surprise.") She has bingo games, thematic extensions, etc. etc.

    My current mania is snow stories, probably because it's so darn hot: "Owl Moon", "Snowflake Bentley", "Snowmen at Night", "Stranger in the Woods" (sorry - I left my list with author names at school.)

    You can get on Amazon.com and search for the titles to get the author.

    Good luck! :)
     
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    Mrs. Piggle- Wiggle's books are great! Has anyone else read these to your students?:angel:
     
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    No, but I have fond memories of reading them when I was a child.
     
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    For second grade, my favorite book I read was not a picture book. It was Mr. Popper's Penguins (already mentioned) by Richard and Florence Atwater. I LOVE that book. Do you have a polar regions unit at all?
     
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    A couple of novels I like for older grades are Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (although the movie may have messed this one up, and Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.
     
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    My second grade students always seem to enjoy the E.B. White classics: Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little.
     
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    Thanks

    Thanks for all your help. I have to spend the money at chapters, as it's a gift card, but all your suggestions and ideas have really helped, keep them coming.
     
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    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales complete with silly voices for each character.
     
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    I read "Fourth Grade Rats" by Jerry Spinelli to my fourth grade class when I did my internship and they LOVED it.
     
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    these are great! I plan to gather all my old paperback books and take them to the used book exchange and gather lots of children's books. I'm taking all my mother's books too. It's a good way to recycle books and benefit from it too!
     
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    Do you have to spend it all at once? If you could, I would wait until book order time through Scholastic and find books each month until you spend your $100. You can get A LOT of books for $100. (Probably just not all at once.)

    I like:

    Chrysanthemum by Kevein Henkes
    Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
    Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
    My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother by Patricia Pollaco
    The Kissing Hand (can't remember author)
    All the Places to Love (can't remember the author)
    books by Diane deGroat (The kids LOVE them)
    Black Lagoon books (kids love these too)


    I guess a lot depends on the age (you are second grade, right?). Do you want to read chapter books, picture books or both? My kids also like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.
     
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    I'm a grade R (pre-K) teacher in South AFrica and one of my most favourite readers is :-
    The 3 little pigs

    As I am preparing these learners with pre-reading skills, the repetition allows them to join in on the story.........

    Try and buy books with lots of repetition so that the kids get familiar with these phrases !!!!!!(for school readiness )

    Have fun shopping !!!
     
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    All the Places to Love is written by Patricia McClaughclin ( I really massacred the spelling of the last name).
     
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    I have too many to list, but for us urban teachers, The Skin I'm In captivated my 5th graders. Another big hit was A Wrinkle in Time. (much better as a read aloud, although the one sister's voice is tricky to do). As far as picture books, Pink and Say and Jerry Seinfeld's Halloween are my kids favorites.
     
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    My second grade students really seem to enjoy:
    Dog Breath- By: Dav Pikey
    First Day Jitters- By:Julie Danneberg
    Last Day Blues- By: Julie Danneberg
    The Principal's New Clothes- By: Stephanie Calmenson
    Stephanie's Ponytail- Robert N. Munsch and Michael Martchenko
     
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    I love reading:
    The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor
    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    Superfudge by Judy Blume
    Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
     
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    Hi sorry it took me so long to reply... I read it aloud to second graders and it seemed good for them. I can see it being appropriate for grades 2-6? Just my opinion though :)
     
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    i love eve bunting, cynthia rylant, and robert munsch (especially red, yellow, green).
     

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