Read Aloud

Reading aloud is important because first it provides bonding time with the teacher and the student, even if it is a rather large group. The teacher can watch all their facial expressions and get to see what books they tend to enjoy most. Many kids won’t just pick up a book and start reading but when you have them sit down and listen to a book they might actually end up liking reading and want to do it during their own free time eventually. Reading aloud can spark several ideas and maybe dreams in children, the best thing it can do is turn children into readers. It’s amazing to see how involved they can get in a book especially if it is read aloud to them.

Reading these two articles actually gave me a few ideas and hints to use in my future classroom. One thing that popped out at me right away was the fact that reading aloud books above kid’s level isn’t necessarily a good thing. The teacher wrote that it will make the child think that is the king of book we expect them to read but in reality we just want them to read at their own level and at their own pace. I never really thought about this before but now it makes complete sense.

My Top Ten Read Aloud books are:

1.The Elephant in Duck’s Garden by Judy Delton

2. How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Muller

3. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

4. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

5. Up, Tall, and High! by Ethan Long

6. How much is that Doggie in the Window by Iza Trapani

7. Moose Tales by Nancy Van Laan

8. Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

9. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

10. We are in a Book! by Mo Willems

I have so many more books but for now these ones will work!


7 thoughts on “Read Aloud

  1. Great list! I also really appreciate that point about always doing read-alouds above reading level. We get the advice often to use read-aloud time to read more difficult texts since students can often comprehend something more difficult if it’s read to them. But you’re absolutely right: we need to make sure we’re introducing students to books they’re going to want to read on their own too.


  2. I think its really interesting that you get to choose the literature that effects the students the most in their lives. You were talking about seeing their facial expressions and I just think that is neat and exciting as an educator.


  3. What made you decide to only have Ivan as a chapter book? I’m assuming the others are all picture books by the titles. I do think that kids benefit from both types of book.


  4. I also agree that implementing the read aloud technique should be an essential aspect of everyday learning within a classroom. In doing so, the teacher has the opportunity to really bring the book to life for their students; inspiring them for further learning discoveries. Great post and thank you for sharing! Also, you provided a great list of selections!


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