Monday, February 22, 2016

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is coming soon!  It will be celebrated on February 24, 2016.

The website for the event has great resources for teachers and parents, including lists of great read aloud books.

One of my favorite books to read aloud is Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco.  I often read it at the beginning of school year because its message is about the importance of reading, the role books play in our lives, and the consequences of our actions. Patricia Polacco delivers an amusing cautionary tale that carries an important message, without seeming heavy-handed. Students always loved this book, and would continue to talk about it and choose to re-read it independently throughout the rest of the school year.

 I have used Patricia Polacco's books as mentor texts for writing lessons for personal narratives, and plan to share some of those lessons soon! However, this story is a change from her usual style and fits more into the tall tale genre.  

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