My students are at that point where they LOVE a big, fat read-aloud. They are over the shorter chapter books - I still have a few favorites that I've been trying to squeeze in, but they beg me to go back to the "ones that will last for weeks."
If you've been around this blog for a while, you already know that my absolute FAVORITE read-aloud series is The Doll People by Ann M. Martin. I am NOT going to spend another post on them, but I'll just say it is the one series that gets a standing ovation year after year (yes, from the girls AND boys)....read about it HERE.
While I'm not going to rave about THAT series today, I'm still going to toot Ann Martin's horn. She is also the author of our second favorite read-aloud set.
If you are a dog lover, this set is a MUST. They are about two dogs, Bone and Squirrel (brother and sister), who are strays. During the first book, Bone gets taken by someone and Squirrel is left on her own. I'm not going to lie. There are some sad parts in both of these books and I *sometimes* shed a tear or two, but I love sharing those moments with the kids!
They are SO surprised to find out that there is a second book that tells us what happens to Bone. I really love the format of the second book. It begins out by telling three different stories (with chapters all named Charlie, Bone, or Henry). At first students are a bit confused because it seems to be telling three completely different stories (and this book is the tear-jerker in parts), but we talk about how when books are set up like this, the three stories often come together into one somehow. They love making predictions as to how the stories will intertwine. As much as they try, they NEVER predict it and I love hearing them GASP when they finally realize that it's happening!
These two books always prompt our class to do a charity drive for a local dog organization, too. After reading about these stray dogs and their tough lives, students REALLY get into trying to help dogs in similar situations in our own community.
If you're looking for a great read-aloud. I would definitely recommend giving these a shot!
What have you been reading?