Friday, June 7, 2013

Reading Round Up

I'm joining Mr. Hughes with a Reading Round Up.
Here are my top 5 read alouds. I'll share a snippet about each one in the order that I read them to my class this year.

First up is Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
What a character Gooney Bird Greene is. She's quirky and fun and a master storyteller.
This book lends itself wonderfully to introducing the elements of a good story writing and telling.
This author has several other Gooney books that a well worth the read too.
You can check my original blog post for this book, which includes a video find and my Gooney Unit {HERE}

Next, is Lulu and the Brontosaurs by Judith Viorst.
Lulu is a spoiled brat who demands that she wants a dinosaur for a pet.
This is a quick read, but one my class adored.
I would hear them chanting in line like Lulu, 
" I"m gonna,  I'm gonna, I'm gonna gonna get a bronta, bronta, brontosaurus for a pet."

Then, we read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
A classic read about a lonely boy named James raised by his mean aunts.
He escapes his miserable life inside a magical peach with a crew of animated insects.

On to Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, a great tale of friendship between a little girl, a runt pig she raises and a spider.
We watched the video afterwards to compare the book to the movie.

My all time favorite I always end the year with is Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick
 The main character, Willie Ryan forms a friendship with an invisible, blue chimp in surfer shorts and his life literally changes. Cute, cute read. I originally blogged about this book {HERE}.

What are your favorite reads?
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  1. We are reading Charlotte's Web right now! I have also heard that Lulu and the Brontosaurus is really good, so I'll have to check it out!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. Thanks so much for linking up! WAHOO! I hope we can get 100's of book ideas for each grade level. YOU ROCK! :)
    -Mr. Hughes
    An Educator's Life

  3. We didn't find the Gooney Bird stories until my kids were a bit older, but they still loved them! A good story is good at any age!
    The Puzzle Den


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