Books – I cannot get enough of them. This is especially true when it comes to children’s books. A new series I am starting on the blog is Children’s Books Favorites. This month I have chosen five of my current read aloud favorites.
By Maribeth Boelts – Illustrated by Noah Jones
Those Shoes is the story of a boy who is like many other children. He wants the latest pair of shoes. Everyone has them and he feels extremely lame because he does not. His grandma tells him that she only has money for the boots he needs as opposed to the sneakers he wants because winter is coming up. This follows the events and his thought process all while learning multiple lessons. As a teacher, I see this as a real situation that children (and even adults) are facing. Whether a child is struggling with understanding why they cannot always get what they want or if you are a parent who is simply trying to keep up with the Jones family (or even the Jones children) this book is for you. This story of kindness, understanding and wants versus needs is a must OWN for all families and classrooms.
By Kristy Dempsey – Illustrated by Mark Fearing
Attention all superhero lovers – this one is for you! This story is about a boy who wants to know how to be a superhero. The book lists the steps he needs to follow in order to be the ultimate hero. There are awesome speech bubbles throughout the story that add just the right amount of laughs. What I really love about this one is that in the background of this story and its awesomeness – there is a family element about getting along with your siblings that is really touching. This is a fun read that I know my students will go back to over and over again.
By By Maribeth Boelts – Illustrated by Noah Jones
Maribeth Boelts does it again with this one. She is quickly becoming one of my new favorite children’s books authors. Her ability to teach very real lessons to kids is awesome. In this story, a little boy, who comes from what appears to be a struggling family, really wants a cool bike like his friend Sergio. He knows that his family is struggling and knows that the bike will probably never be his. One day, while picking something up from the grocery store, he sees a lady drop money. He ends up keeping the money and later realizes it is a lot more money than he originally thought. You see him go through the struggle of deciding between doing what is right and what is wrong. You feel for this character and honestly want a different outcome than what he gets – but the same thing happens in life and it is important for kids to learn these tough lessons. Morals and values matter and this one knocks it out of the park when it comes to teaching kids a great one.
By Rachel Bright – Illustrated by Jim Field
My students went wild for this book. They thought it was funny and loved the rhyming pattern throughout. In this book, the main character is a small mouse who wishes he was as confident as the lion in the jungle. He feels helpless, small and lonely and wants nothing more than to be seen as a courageous feline. He goes on a mission to meet the lion and learns a surprising thing about him. This is a great book to teach kids that no matter what someone looks like or seems like – no one is perfect and everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The happy ending makes everyone smile and offers a great reminder that even you have a lion inside.
By Julia Finley Mosca – Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
Now this book is a game changer. This book touches on the topic of autism which is rare in children’s books and with the rising number of autism diagnoses – there really should be more resources out there. This is the true story of Dr. Temple Grandin who is an extraordinary scientist who grew up with autism. The story gives a very candid depiction of the feelings she felt as a child and as she grew up. With examples of how she acts, it was a great conversation starter for my students. They asked some great questions and were able to make connections to others they knew who had autism. This is one of those books that shows you that children really are the most innocent yet honest people ever. They especially loved the real picture of Dr. Temple and the letter from her at the end of the story. Students love to make real life connections to stories and this one was no exception.
This month has been filled with fun read aloud and book discoveries with my kiddos. These titles are on display in my classroom and have already been read multiple times by my students. Read alouds, in the classroom and at home with your children, are truly life changing. Books have a way of spreading magic, teaching lessons and bringing about such great conversations with your kids. Take the time to read with them today!
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