Notes from the Read-Along Crowd

by Dianne White on May 16, 2013

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Preschool and kindergarten teachers know that one of the best ways to develop life-long readers is to introduce young ones to books with lots of repetition, books that encourage young listeners to engage with the text by chanting along, adding motions, and predicting what comes next. Kale, 3, already has a list of favorites. Here are several of his current “best reads.”

Chock-full of memorable lines, WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT retold by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury has everything a good read-aloud offers. Want to hear Michael Rosen read the book? Check out the video!

I Went Walking by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie VivasBrown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric CarleWho doesn’t love the snappy rhythm of the familiar BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle. No wonder it’s a classic. The simple predictable pattern made it easy for Kale to memorize and there’s nothing better for encouraging a love of reading than the joy and sense of accomplishment a young one feels when he gets to read all by himself.

Much like Brown Bear, a jaunty rhythm introduces See Otto by David Milgrimanimals and color words in I WENT WALKING by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Clues in the illustrations Step Gently Out by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Liederhelped Kale predict which animal would be next to join the walking parade.

Kale loves robots and his favorite book at the moment is SEE OTTO by David Milgrim. He loves “the monkeys that paint Otto.”   He also enjoys pouring over and talking about the different insects in STEP GENTLY OUT by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder.

Thanks so much to Kale for sharing his latest favorite books! Do you have a favorite read-aloud? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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amy lowrey May 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Lucy, age 6 has a favorite book right now.
A little book called The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
We read it out loud together over the course of a few nights and she couldn’t wait to finish it. She really liked that it had a character that shared her name. And once Lucy met Tumnus in Narnia, she was hooked. She loved his character. Since we’ve finished, there has been a lot of inspired artwork!
It isn’t for every 6 year old, but she was trying to talk us into The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit series, so we thought this would be a good alternative!

Dianne White July 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Amy – Thanks for sharing one of Lucy’s favorite books! These are the kind of shared/read-aloud book moments that a child carries with her forever. How lucky Lucy is to have a mom and dad who know just the right books to share with her – books that open up new, exciting worlds and lead her to discover the wonderful pleasures of reading. 🙂

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