Thank you to Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek for hosting this amazing and expensive day! It’s one of my favorite days of August!
Here is a list of some of my favorite read alouds of the moment. I wish I could say there is an overall theme but I don’t have one this year. They are just plain old enjoyable!
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
words by Drew Daywalt and pictures by Adam Rex
My word, I can’t think of the last time I had this much fun reading a book aloud. This one brings my students, child, and me pure joy!
by Gaia Cornwall
We all know what it feels like to struggle with being brave. The picture from the little boy’s perspective looking down from that diving board is so realistic! It’s the book I chose to gift my son’s teacher as school starts.
I Just Want to Say Goodnight
by Rachel Isadora
Parents everywhere know what it is like to have a child who comes up with ways to delay going to bed. This is very sweet with a little literary surprise to look for at the end.
words by Cynthia Rylant and pictures by Brendan Wenzel
Oh my gosh, I want to give this book to everyone I know. The message is universal and I’m slightly obsessed with Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet
words by Carmen Agra Deedy and pictures by Eugene Yelchin
This book has a message everyone should hear. It’s definitely going on my Mock Caldecott list.
words by Mac Barnett and pictures by Jon Klassen
Such a simple concept and just incredibly funny. I tested it out with fourth graders and they were enthralled. I’m glad there will be more shapes to come!
The Book of Mistakes
by Corinna Luyken
A great book for growth mindset. As we set the tone at the beginning of the year it’s good to work on re-framing our thinking to recognize the opportunities that come from our mistakes.
words by Dev Petty and pictures by Lauren Eldridge
My son absolutely LOVES this book! We have giggled our way through it so many times this summer.
Lucia the Luchadora
words by Cynthia Leonor Garza and pictures by Alyssa Bermudez
I absolutely adore the vibrant illustrations in this book. The message about standing up for what is right and being true to yourself makes it a must-read.
Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell
This wordless picture book has my heart. If it does not receive Caldecott hardware I will be sorely disappointed.