World Read Aloud Day 2019

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” ― Marilyn Jager Adams This week we celebrated World Read Aloud Day! I began each class by asking students what they loved about being read to. They shared that reading […]

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On Halloween Night

On Halloween Night by Ferida Wolff My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was hoping this book would be a bit ‘scarier,’ but the first graders I read it with sure liked it. Of course, they liked the pattern of the rhyme and the counting up, but what they really loved was being my chorus […]

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What If…

What If… by Samantha Berger My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this colorful book. The story explores imagination and the question young readers often ask, What if? Creativity knows no bounds or limits. No pencils, use the paper to make origami. No paper, break up the desk and build with the wood. No […]

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say My rating: 5 of 5 stars Caldecott Medalist Allen Say creates a luscious imagined biography of artist James Castle, tells the story of a deaf, mute, dyslexic, autistic man who never learned to read or write. This picture book frames Castle’s silent world. Say’s powerful illustrations in Castle’s […]

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