Today I’d like to feature two books which would be excellent read-alouds for your students or children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. One of my favorite parts of my job as a school librarian is to see the excitement in the eyes of the students as I read to them each week. So many times I’ll tell the students, “this is one of my favorite books,” which they always seem to respond, “Mrs. Parker, they are all your favorite books!” I explain if I didn’t love a book I wouldn’t enjoy reading it over and over again and some books I’ve read aloud for the past 33 years! They must be wonderful book then!
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly, by Alan Madison and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is a delightful read-aloud for children! It is one of this year’s, Illinois Monarch Nominee Books! Velma is the youngest of 3 sisters. When each of her two older sisters was in first grade they both shined in different areas. One excelled at singing and the other one excelled at running. Now that Velma is in first grade, she too wants to be great at something but she goes about it the wrong way at first until she discovers it through a monarch butterfly! The third-grade students whom I read this to enjoyed it tremendously since they had recently learned about butterflies and many of the terms used in the story. It was quite funny how Velma heard and pronounced such words as, “migration” but to her it sounded like, “my-gray-sun!
Chicks and Salsa, by Aaron Reynolds Chicks and Salsa, by Aaron Reynolds, is another Illinois Monarch Nominee Book. The Kindergarten students were hungry for Mexican food once the story was finished! The chicks along with a few other barnyard critters are tired of eating the same old food on Nuthatcher Farm. The rooster discovers a way to change it and the fun & food begin! By the end of the book you’ll be planning a Mexican meal and shouting, “ole!!”