Thursday, March 1, 2018

7 Spring Read Alouds

Hiya! Today I'm sharing my favorite read alouds for Spring.  These are 7 of my favorite books to read aloud in Spring (generally March, April and May). There are so many good Spring books but these are my top 7 in no particular order.
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1. How I became a Pirate - you may be thinking how is this a Spring read aloud? Well I use this book when I introduce R Controlled Vowels which is usually the first week of March. This signals the start of Spring for me. After this it's shamrocks, eggs, bunnies, flowers bees and bugs so I do a room transformation with AR or what we call the Pirate vowel! This is a great kick off to Spring and reengages the students in learning after the cold drab winter.
2. Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato - this is one of my favorite books to read in March. Yes it has leprechauns and wishes but it can also lead to a really good discussion on Ireland and the Irish.  We focus on the fact that Jamie O'Rourke is clever not lazy! Make sure you get the full version and not the board book! If you are interested I have a Reader Response Unit that goes with this book in My TPT Store. Click the cover image to grab it!


3. Tops and Bottoms - this is the most adorable book.  Great science plant tie ins!!! 
4. Chickens Aren't the Only Ones - I love this book! This book is excellent to tie in science with your ELA. Students are amazed at everything that comes from eggs.
5. Rechenka's Eggs - Oh Patricia Polacco how I love your work. Seriously she might be my favorite mid to upper children's literature author! And if you know me and know how much I love Children's literature it's very hard for me to pick a favorite! Rechenka's Eggs is a beautiful spring read aloud with wonderful illustrations and art connections.
6. Someday a Tree - Eve Bunting is another amazing author! This story is my favorite Earth Day read aloud that you might not have heard about. An excellent story about the damage that can be caused by someone's carelessness but a story of hope as well. Excellent discussion and environmental connections with this book.
7. Miss Rumphius - This award winning book is beautiful (all the purple! ;) my favorite color!) and a heartwarming story as well! Great for spring!

I hope you found a book or two to add to your Spring read aloud list. Are there books I missed? What is your must read for Spring? Leave me a comment and let know.

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