10 New Favorite Read Aloud Books for Back to School: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

August 6, 2013

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10 New Favorite Read Alouds from waddleeahchaa.com

This week is all about wonderful read aloud books for back to school.  Some of these might not be the newest books on the shelf but they are my children’s new favorite read alouds. We check these books out over and over again. We hope you find a few new favorites.

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1. On a Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein

by Jennifer Berne

What? A read aloud biography about Albert Einstein? What better way to begin the year than with an inspiring story about one of our greatest thinkers?! Albert hardly said a word. He was so different. Was something wrong? When Albert’s father gave him a compass, he suddenly knew there were mysteries in the world. Jennifer Berne tells the encouraging story of a boy who didn’t want to be like other students. “He wanted to discover the hidden mysteries in the world.” The book ends by challenging children to wonder, think and imagine. Isn’t that what education should be all about?

I can’t move on without mentioning the illustrations. The are unusual and dreamy. Radunsky, the illustrator, was some how able to create uniquely, imaginative drawings that are befitting of Albert Einstein.

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2. Big Hugs Little Hugs

by Felicia Bond

Of course we all know Felicia Bond as the bestselling artist of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Her adorable book Big Hugs Little Hugs is for the wee little ones in our audience. The simple opposites text invites little ones to chime in as you read aloud. The totally unique collage art shows quite a variety of animals hugging. The message about the universal language of love is plain and simple . . . Everyone hugs . . . all over the world.

Take a peek at the illustrations. They are bold and beautiful and fabulously different.

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3. Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hone on Earth!

by Marie – Louse Gay

Roslyn is a dreamer. Roslyn is creative. Roslyn in tenacious. Roslyn is loved by an encouraging father. This is a recipe for one darn endearing story!

I love Roslyn Rutabaga because Roslyn is my child! Each and every day my children kick-off their sheets and say to the world, “Look out world, I’m going to do something outrageously dreamy today!” My goal as a mother and teacher is to be as open and encouraging as Roslyn’s father. When Roslyn announces at breakfast that she is going to dig the Biggest Hole on Earth, one that even goes to the South Pole where she’ll meet a penguin, Roselyn’s father simple comments, “You’d better take a sweater. It gets pretty cold at the south Pole.”

That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Children of the world . . . You start dreaming, you start digging and don’t you ever give up! Have an adventure each and every day of your life!

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4. Woolbur

by Leslie Helakoski

Just for starters, Woolbur is cute. Not a little bit cute. But all out adorably cute! My favorite picture is when he cards his own wool. And yet, my favorite might just be when he dyes his hair blue. Or is it when he stays up all night thinking and thinking and thinking.

Are you a free spirit? Do you know a little free spirit? Do you want to encourage a little free spirit? I can say yes, yes and yes to all of the above! Woolbur NEVER follows the flock. Woolbur is always too busy thinking, dreaming and experimenting to follow the flock. Consequently, Maa and Paa are about to pull out their wool. Can you relate? In the end, everyone learns to embrace the free spirit side of Woolbur.

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5. Pet the Cat I Love My White Shoes

by Eric Litwin

I am selfishly including Pet the Cat because he reminds me of my time training teachers in Cambodia. (The sweetest teachers in the world!) What fun I had introducing the teachers in Cambodia to Pete the Cat. It was a highlight of my trip to hear them singing along with Pete and his white shoes. I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes. What fun!

Most of you have probably met Pete by now. A truly great read aloud book invites children to join in on the fun. Well, none does it better than Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is strolling along loving his white shoes when he steps in a large pile of red strawberries. The book invites children to answer the question, “What color did it turn his shoes?” Did Pete cry? Well goodness no. He keeps singing his song, I love my red shoes, I love my red shoes, I love my red shoes. This fun book teaches children to enjoy life and live in the moment.

If you haven’t met Pete, you must have a turn singing his song.

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6. Have Fun Molly Lou Melon

by Patty Lovell

Molly Lou Melon has a toy chest overflowing with whoseywhatsits. But then she remembers her grandma telling her that back in the olden days she made dolls out of twigs, leaves and flowers. So Molly Lou Mellon did just that! From there, Molly Lou Mellon makes a dollhouse in her backyard and a car out of a box. One day Molly Lou Mellon hears her new neighbor Gertie saying “I’m bored, bored, BORED!” Molly Lou Mellon frees Gertie from her big screen T.V and cell phone, showing her a big imagination is the best toy of all.

This book sings to my heart! I encourage my children to be the Molly Lou Mellon of the neighborhood. And guess what. Children love the freedom of playing in our big back yard, hunting for creepy critters, rummaging through our recycle, building forts and a letting their imagination be the best toy of all.

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7. Sky Color

by Peter H. Reynolds

Disclaimer . . . I love, love, love and adore and love some more Peter Reynold’s books! Okay, with that out of the way let me tell you what I think about Sky Color . . . I love it! Surprised?

Simply put, Marisol learns that the sky is not the limit! Marisol is an artist. She even has her own art gallery (the refrigerator). When Marisol’s teacher challenges her to paint the sky without the color blue, she learns to look at the sky through fresh artistic eyes. I can’t wait for my kiddos to paint the sky during our family vacation to the beach. This book is truly an inspiration.

Reynold’s books encourage children to be artistic rather than perfect. Now that is a message I can stand behind! Look for the other books in his Creatrilogy, Dot and ish.

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8. A Home for Bird

Philip C. Stead

I don’t know which I like more: the quirky story or the quirky illustrations. Both are totally terrific, toot, toot, honking fun! (That’s a hint, don’t skip the first page!)

Everything about this books is happiness! Vernon the frog meets a new friend, Bird. However, “Bird is shy . . . but is also a very good listener.” Bird continues to be shy and quite. Vernon begins to worry that Bird misses his home. Vernon sets out on a journey to help Bird find his home. All along the way, Bird says nothing. Finally, Vernon finds a stranger that points the way to Bird’s home. Ta-dah! Bird finally sings.

The story is sweet and the rich illustrations tell the story behind the story. My children first read this story with their Daddy and they could not wait for me to read it the next day. But they were careful not to spoil the surprise at the end of the story. I won’t spoil the cute surprise at the end.

The illustrations are as enchanting and quirky as the story. My children studied the pictures for a long time discussing the art medium. I see an afternoon of art in our future.

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9. Dog Loves Drawing

Louise Yates

Have you met Dog? Why not? I’ve been telling you about the new love of my life! Dog Loves Drawing intertwines some of my favorite things about school: books, art, storytelling and imagination . . .

Dog’s Aunt Dora sends him a sketchbook and “Dog knew exactly what to do. . . .” He drew a door and then a stickman. Next, Dog and the stickman DOODLE together because that’s the best way to come up with good ideas.You know I’ve got to love a book that doodles. They quickly color-up some new friends and soon they are spilling onto the next page. They drift in and out of pages and through colors of adventure. Before long dog has to dash out to buy some more paper.

The first time we snuggled-up to read this charming book the kiddos oohed and aahed, giggled and cheered. It ended with, “That was a good book! Can we read it again!” We have checked this book out over and over again from the library.

Pair this book with story cubes and colored pencils and you’ve got yourself a great game of story telling!

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10. Penguin and Pinecone

Salina Yoon

Are you ready for an oh so sweet love story? This story about friendship is pure and simple. And it’s simplicity is what makes it so lovable. When penguin finds a lonely pine cone a friendship grows. In fact, “Penguin loved his new friend.” But Penguin begins to worry about his new friend. Grandpa tells Penguin that Pinecone belongs in the forest, far, far away. Out of his love for Pinecone, Penguin makes the journey to the forest. He nestles Pinecone in a nest of pine cone needles and a heart made of rocks and says goodbye. (This is when my kiddos got majorly choked-up!) Penguin dreams of the day when he will be reunited with his friend. Upon his return, Penguin finds a wonderful surprise. (This is when my kiddos cheered.) And the moral of the story is, “When you give love away . . . it grows.”

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We’re GIVING AWAY one New Favorite Read Aloud Highlighted in This Post

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Take a peek at our new favorite read aloud books. Which would you like to win and why?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Karlee August 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hey we are flexible! Any book will make nice addition to our own library!

Tara H August 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm

We’d like Dog Loves Drawing. The one about Albert Einstein looks great too. :)

Robin August 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Pete The Cat.. because it is all good!

Jeannine August 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

Tara, you know Dog was the new love of my life back in the spring!

Groovy times Robin . . . it is all good!

tammy c August 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

I think the book albert einstein looks good.

Jeannine August 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I am pleasantly surprised by how engaging this book about Albert Einstein is for both children and adults.

Savannah August 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

This is a wonderful collection. I have reposted on my personal facebook page.

Modern Mia Gardening August 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hey! I can’t pick my favorite. Honestly.My girls love anything by Felicia Bond. My boys would love the drawing dog book.

Jeannine August 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Savannah, thank you for sharing! I have a passion for sharing good books with children!

Jeannine August 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Modern Mia, I can’t pick a favorite either! I loooove them all!

Julie August 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

That is such a hard decision. Torn between Sky Color, the Albert Einstein one, or the Drawing Dog book:)

cheryl c. August 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! I already love Roslyn. :-)

cheryl c. August 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

I follow you on Pinterest now.

Jeannine August 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I also adore Roslyn! What’s not to love?!

Jessica August 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I would love Pete the Cat because I just created a smartboard lesson to go along with it. All I need is the book itself :)

Roxanna Alcantra August 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

We are flexible, but I know my boy would love Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes because he has Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes and it’s his favorite book right now. However, all the books look great! :)

maryanne @ mama smiles August 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I think my kids would love Dog Loves Drawing :)

Stasia August 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

We would love to win Sky Color!

Melanie August 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Would love any of those books! Thanks!

Ellie August 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

These recommendations are all terrific. I think the book I’d most like to win — well, it’s a tossup between On a Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein and Dog Loves Drawing. I’m really curious about the Albert Einstein story because I don’t think our family has any children’s books that tell about a scientist, and of course Albert Einstein is one of the greats. And I’ve been really eager to read Dog Loves Drawing ever since you first mentioned it a few months ago. It does look adorable!

Ellie August 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

For some reason, Rafflecopter is not accepting my entry. Maybe I’m too late? Oh well. I’d love to enter the drawing, if possible, but if I’m too late, it’s no big deal …

Jeannine August 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Ellie, I’m sorry the rafflecopter wasn’t working. I’m thinking it was closed for entries due to the time.

On Sunday, I was wondering, “Where is Ellie?” Good to hear from you.

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