World Read Aloud Day (week) is truly one of my most favorite times of the school year. This year we're celebrating March 2 through March 6. As I'm preparing our school schedule planning connections with authors, teacher-librarian friends, connections within our building, and selecting books/passages/poems to share with students, I'm also participating in the weekly blogging challenge. Let's get started!
Week 1: February 9 - 15
What is your favorite book to read aloud or to hear read aloud and why?
Let's start with a VERY DIFFICULT QUESTION!
Asking me to pick my favorite book to read aloud is like asking me which of my two children is my most favorite or which chocolate dessert is the yummiest or the best book I've ever read...
... you get the picture.
When students ask me about my favorite book, I usually tell them it's whatever I'm currently reading or whatever I just finished reading. My thoughts on read alouds are quite similar. I enjoy sharing brand new books as read alouds with students and my son, but there's something to be said about a great book that just begs to be read aloud over and over.
My most favorite books to read aloud to students usually involve humor and voices. I love sharing books by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, Jarrett Krosoczka and Dan Santat. I also love reading books by Adam Gidwitz to my middle school students. His narrator voice is one of the best hooks I know to truly make a student want to read more of the story.
My son and I have been reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling as our nightly read alouds for the past several months. I had forgotten how truly amazing each book is! The wonderful vivid language, characters, and story lines make reading the books to him a nightly adventure for both of us.
Other wonderful read alouds that I've shared with both my children and many students are Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Both hold a very special place in my heart and always bring about both laughter and tears when I read them aloud.
So, I guess the bottom line is I don't have a favorite read aloud...
But reading aloud to others is one of my most favorite things to do! I love reading great books aloud to others. It's definitely one of the (many) joys of being a parent and a librarian.
Whether you're 3 or 103...everyone enjoys a great read aloud!
Don't forget to visit LitWorld for activities and recommendations for you for World Read Aloud Day whether you're participating in a classroom, community, home, or office!