On the Hunt for New Read-Alouds | Peace, Love, and First Grade

On the Hunt for New Read-Alouds

Summer is the perfect time for teachers to shop for books!
One of my summer goals is to find new books to share with my class.

I want my students to hear quality children's literature every single day next year!
This year, I especially want to find some new chapter books for my kiddos.

I cleaned out my children's books this year.
I had too many to count.
I decided it was time to simplify and find out exactly what I had.
I want to share only "The Best of the Best" with my kiddos.
Yes, I am a nerd. 

Here is a list of some of the chapter books I read this year.

My 2013-2014 Read-Alouds

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
We read the entire 6 book series about this lovable pet pig.
Mercy just makes me smile, and firsties love her!! 

Chris Van Dusen's illustrations are incredible!
You can also find Mercy's stories on Tumblebooks-great for rainy day recess!

Lulu & the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
This was new for me.
The story of a spoiled little girl who wants a dinosaur for her birthday.
The kiddos and I both loved it! A keeper!

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
Lulu is trying to raise money and takes a job walking dogs.
I'll read this one again, too, but later in the year.
The humor will be easier to grasp in spring.

There is a third book in this series I'll read this year, too: Lulu's Mysterious Mission.

The Littles by John Peterson
I love this story about a family of little people who live in the walls of a house.
Kids love this one, too!
I read the first one in this series book.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A favorite from my childhood.
The kiddos adored this one.
It may have been their favorite read-aloud this year!
Great for late spring!

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
I still hear so many great things about this book.
The kiddos liked it, but honestly, it wasn't my favorite.
I'll give it another go this year, though.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
One of the characters stays looped on "ale."
Had to read around that.
Will skip this one next year and try a few other Dahl books instead.

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Her grammar is atrocious!
If that bothers you, you'll want to skip.
Kids love her, though! 

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
Harry is quite funny and a little horrible, but he's fun.

Not the best read-aloud ever, but perfect for introducing kiddos
to beginning chapter books they can read independently.

So, on the hunt I go for new chapter book read-alouds!
I have a stack of about a dozen chapter books to read over the summer.
Stories about Gooney Bird and Clementine and Andrew.
Stories about Chickens and Dragons and Toads.

Stories about friends who are complete opposites.
 Goodness, I love Children's Lit!!

Check back Tuesday to read about one of my new favorites!