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Curriculum LaboratoryBest Read-Aloud Books And Browsing Collection, Grades 2-3
For further assistance in using any of the resources in the Lab, please ask at the Curriculum Lab Information Services Desk Introduction To The Collection and Booklists:
In 2013, the browsing collection of these titles will be found at the beginning of our Fiction Collection. The lists and the collection make an excellent place to start, if you are looking for well reviewed titles to share with your students. Read-aloud books are also great for independent reading choices, as can be seen from the reviews. As these titles are ordered and received into the collection, you will also be able to browse these titles in the catalogue by searching for read aloud books or bestread. You can also add your favourite subject to your search to find great read-alouds for the classroom curriculum. The grade level recommendations are to be considered an approximation. You be the judge if your students would like a title in your particular grade. Note: EC level on any of the titles indicates it as a read aloud suitable for preschool children. The read-aloud level is usually lower than the independent reading level, so also pay attention to the reading level in the reviews, if the title is to be read independently by children.. Many of these titles are also found in the main Curriculum Laboratory collection, so check the library catalogue.
These Read Aloud Lists were consulted:
Read Aloud America, found at: http://www.readaloudamerica.org/ Great Books To Read Aloud, found at: http://www.randomhousesites.co.uk/childrens/GreatBookstoReadAloud/Great%20Books.pdf The Treasury of Read-Alouds by Jim Trelease, found at: http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/rah-treasury-intro.html E.B. White Read Aloud Awards The Alberta Read Aloud Registry EPL Books To Read Aloud, Good Read Alouds For The Family, NYPL Great Books For PreK To Read Aloud, from Lethbridge Public Librarys Bibliocommons lists.
The reviews are quoted from Books In Print Online, used under the Fair Dealing clause for research and reviewing purposes.
Helpful brochures: (found at http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/brochures.html)
Why Read Aloud to Children? Thirty DO's to Remember When Reading Aloud A Dozen DON'Ts to Remember When Reading Aloud
Ahlberg, AllanKatharine McEwen (Illustrator)The children who smelled a rat2005
School Library Journal: Gr 2-5-This fourth book about the Gaskitts is genuinely entertaining. Horace, the family's cat, describes it as "unputdownable," and it is. Several threads occur simultaneously: Dad chases the baby in a runaway stroller; taxi driver mom finds unusual packages left in her cab; and the children try to solve the mystery of their teacher's strange behavior. McEwen's quaint, cartoon illustrations are integrated throughout the chapters and have captions that tell yet additional tales. Teachers will find useful Ahlberg's inclusion of literary devices in addition to the multiple adventures of the Gaskitts. The book has 16 easy-to-read chapters, a glossary, a table of contents, and footnotes referencing events that occurred in the previous adventures-all devices to teach children about intricate and detailed story reading and writing. This is a gem of a book: funny, riveting, absorbing, unputdownable!-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
Arnold, KatyaElephants can paint too!2005
Booklist: Gr. 1-3. Some elephants can paint! Arnold's unusual picture book centers on a group of pachyderms that do just that. They live in Thailand, where the slowing of the logging industry prompted the need to find alternative sources of funding for elephant care. Arnold, an art teacher, juxtaposes human art students with the painting pachyderms in an effective presentation in which brief, matter-of-fact text contrasts hilariously with full-color photographs of elephants delicately gripping paintbrushes in their giant trunks, mischievously dunking their artwork in the river, and, occasionally, painting one another. It all looks like great fun, with the elephants making a mess just as kids do. In addition to the silliness, there's some factual information--for example, an elephant's trunk has 150,000 muscles, but the human body has only 639. An author's note provides information about the nonprofit Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project, which sells the work of elephant artists. --Diane Foote
Bailey, LindaTracy Walker (Illustrator) Gordon Loggins and the three bears1997
After a brief snooze just before story time, Gordon Loggins wakes to discover a secret doorway leading to a forest -- right in the middle of the library! He quickly darts through and finds himself in the starring role of a familiar fairy tale. Goldilocks is missing and the three bears, frantic to find a replacement, tell Gordon he must fill in if the story is to go on. A refreshing and funny adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Barrett, JudiAnimals should definitely not wear clothing1990
This book, by the team that created Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, takes a quirky look at what might happen if animals decided to don additional apparel.
Beam, EmilyTumtum and Nutmeg2007
Guardian UK: The miniature but perfectly formed mouse/doll world is given a charming new outing in Tumtum and Nutmeg . The mouse couple set out to improve the life of their impoverished host family by tidying, mopping, washing, stitching and more. Moving from their palatial and secure quarters to the dusty and abandoned doll's house, they become a Fairy of Sorts for the children in their care. But then grim Aunt Ivy, with an abiding hatred of mice, comes to stay and it is all-out war. Can Tumtum and Nutmeg outwit her? Bring on the troops! There's a delightfully twitchy quality to Tumtum and Nutmeg which, despite their clothes and their domesticity, makes them seem genuinely mousey, and the small-scale world they inhabit is full of just the right tiny details.The miniature but perfectly formed mouse/doll world is given a charming new outing in Tumtum and Nutmeg . The mouse couple set out to improve the life of their impoverished host family by tidying, mopping, washing, stitching and more. - Julia Eccleshare.
Bedard, MichaelSitting ducks2001
Booklist: Ages 5-9. For a slightly older crowd than preschoolers, this diverting story begins at the Colossal Duck Factory, where newborn quackers roll off the assembly line. Unbeknownst to them, they are being fattened for the alligator inhabitants of the town. One duck, however, escapes his fate and is befriended by an alligator, who eventually confesses what is in store for the little duck's brethren. Then it is up to the duck to sound the alarm and head to the rescue. All of this is illustrated by Bedard, a well-known poster artist who is famous for his duck characters and who provides slick, airbrushed pictures that are heavy on the fun. Some of the laughs will be best appreciated by adult readers: ducks exercising in a frenzy so that they can slim down enough to fly away, and such signs as Fly or Die on the wall, but there's plenty here for kids, too, who will willingly go with the sassy text and singularly amusing art. --Ilene Cooper
Brown, JeffScott Nash (Illustrator)The Flat Stanley collection: Stanley, Flat again!/Invisible Stanley/Stanley in space/Flat Stanley2006
Stanley Lambchop is just a normal boy, with a normal younger brother named Arthur, and two normal parents. That is, until a bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him to half an inch thick! From this point on, Stanley will never again be just an ordinary boy. Whether he is flat, invisible, or in outer space, Stanley will have the adventures of a lifetime!
Brown, PeterChildren make terrible pets2010
School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 1-Lucy, a young brown bear in a pink skirt and hair bow, meets the most adorable little boy in the forest one day. She takes him home, excitedly shows him to her mother, and begs, "Can I keep him, PLEASE?" Though her mother warns her that "children make terrible pets," Lucy is bound and determined to prove her wrong. Agreeing to take full responsibility for her new companion, Lucy and Squeaker eat, play, and nap together. However, the cub soon finds that there is some truth to her mother's admonitions. The child is hard on the furniture, creates chaos everywhere, and absolutely refuses to be potty trained. When Squeaker goes missing, Lucy tracks him down and discovers that all involved will be better off if the lad remains where she finds him. It's a hard truth, but Lucy has to admit that her