Picture Books for Teacher's Read Aloud Part 1

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The list author says: "Today picture books are not just for little kids, nor are they all simple tales. Picture books run the gamut from early easy readers, to sophisticated and complex adult themed reflections. Keeping this in mind, this list is a start towards identifying picture books that can augment a teacher's lesson plans. Each review details relevant content areas, themes and suggested activities for instruction.

For full review and planning input for each title, click on my reviews page."
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
1.  The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "A Reshaping of Tolstoy’s Short Story

Themes: decisions, friendship
Content areas: Excellent read aloud for elementary school students. Reading- prediction, Writing- using a writers concept to create a new story, Art– visual expression, Guidance- kindness, respect

Muth has a unique way of bringing an odd assortment of creatures together to tell a tale."
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Old Turtle And The Broken Truth
2.  Old Turtle And The Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
The list author says:
  "A Quest for THE Truth

Themes: diversity, community, culture, quest for truth
Content areas: Language Art- (upper elementary) – teacher read aloud and discussion activities, genre studies (fable), Social Studies- community, Art– color, shadow, Guidance- acceptance, diversity

A wise old turtle knows the complete truth. Unfortunately, the creatures of the world do not."
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Zen Shorts - Collector's Edition
3.  Zen Shorts - Collector's Edition by Jon J. Muth
The list author says:
  "A Flavor of Buddhist & Taoist Literature

Themes: friendship, community, perspective, differences, forgiveness
Content areas: Early Reading to upper elementary, Art – visual expression, Guidance- perspective/forgiveness

“Zen Shorts” introduces Slillwater the giant panda, who becomes the wise supportive neighbor of three siblings, Michael, Abby, and Karl."
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Zen Ties
4.  Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
The list author says:
  "More Stillwater Lessons

Themes: friendship, community, perspective, connections, forgiveness
Content areas: Early reading to upper elementary, Writing- metaphor, haiku, Art– visual expression, Guidance- perspective/forgiveness

Filled with word play, and metaphor that challenge upper elementary students to find meaning beyond the first reading."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Stone Soup
5.  Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
The list author says:
  "Coming Together

Themes: community, cultural, generosity
Content areas: Language Art- Grades 1 & 2 – teacher read aloud with prediction activities, Grades 3 - 5 folklore comparison studies, Social Studies- Chinese culture, Art– symbols, visual expression, shadow, Guidance- What makes us happy?"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The Thunderstruck Stork
6.  The Thunderstruck Stork by David Olson
The list author says:
  "Rhymes Like Dr. Seuss

Themes: family, celebrating differences, learning from mistakes
Content areas: Excellent read aloud for K-2 students. Reading- prediction, Writing/language- rhyming verse, Guidance- Learning from mistakes, acceptance, differences, adoption

A fun lyrical tale about a stork who gets whacked by a hot-air balloon and ends up getting his baby animal delivers all mixed-up."
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Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year
7.  Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year by Eric A. Kimmel
The list author says:
  "Cultural Studies - Monster of Misdeeds

Themes: community, culture, quest for repentance & forgiveness
Content areas: Language Arts- (elementary 2nd on up) – teacher read aloud and discussion & prediction activities, genre studies (fable/legend), Social Studies- community, Poland, Art– color, shadow, Guidance- Forgiveness, correcting misdeeds"
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A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
8.  A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook
The list author says:
  "Great Lessons for Kids & Adults

Themes: friendship, choices, problem-solving
Content areas: Language: rhyme, quotations, questions, Guidance: making choices, being a good friend
Great 1st – 3rd grade read aloud to discuss tattling behavior. Perfect for first few days of school. Fun illustrations. Easy to learn tattletale rules that provide kids with a guideline on when it’s important to tell."
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A Story for Bear
9.  A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley
The list author says:
  "Themes: friendship (reaching out), problem-solving
Content areas: Language: description, upgraded verbs, endings (ly, ing, ed). Guidance: Different friendships.Beautifully illustrated story of a young bear intrigued by a woman who is staying the summer in a cabin in the woods, and reads all day. A sensitive story rich in language and visuals. Excellent for “finish the story” extension activities."
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Brontorina
10.  Brontorina by James Howe
The list author says:
  "Great story to kickoff the study of famous Americans, citizenship, friendship, and goal setting.

Mashing together the words Brontosaurus and Ballerina produces nothing but wacky fun in Howe’s I have a dream story. Despite the obvious obstacles of size, Brontorina must also overcome perceptions of what is acceptable, or likely as she pursues her dream to be a ballerina."
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Angelina Ballerina 25th Anniversary Edition
11.  Angelina Ballerina 25th Anniversary Edition by Katharine Holabird
The list author says:
  "Themes: Ambition, Talent, Respect
Content areas: Language: dialogue/quotations, picture clues, prediction, making connections.

Perfect way to discuss responsible goal setting."
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Santa's Twin
12.  Santa's Twin by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "Superb read aloud for elementary school students. Great to teach predictions, cause and effect, and alternate endings.

Starting with an excellent twist on the classic Santa struggle to get all the toys delivered on time, to intriguing illustrations with hidden snowmen guardians, rounding off with Santa sibling trickery, and happy endings. This yule tale delivers."
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Teacher's Night Before Christmas, The
13.  Teacher's Night Before Christmas, The by Sue Carabine
The list author says:
  "A fun twist on an old classic, with classroom teachers coming to Santa’s rescue when Santa’s computer crashes and he needs a naughty or nice list fast. Great read aloud for elementary age kids."
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Duck! Rabbit!
14.  Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The list author says:
  "Themes: imagination, friendship, perspective
Content areas: Language: visual expression, point of view, rethinking. Art: perspective

Deceptively simple story, packed with mini-lessons. Great way to introduce imagination and point of view prior to poetry studies for both reading and writing activities."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet (Discover the World)
15.  M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet (Discover the World) by Michael Ulmer
The list author says:
  "Beautifully illustrated ABC book about all things Canada. Each lettered page delves into and illuminates the richness of Canadian history, and culture. Written in a rhyming lyrical form that elementary school age students' will enjoy. Each page has a side bar with additional information written in a straightforward and succinct manner."
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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
16.  Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport
The list author says:
  "Themes: Honesty, Character
Content: quotations in writing, synonyms, Civil War

Through succinct yet vivid descriptions of key events in Lincoln’s life, Lincoln’s strength of character & core values are revealed. Lincoln’s own words are matched perfectly with bold yet sensitive illustrations, providing an immediacy & connection to Lincoln’s life. Excellent reference materials provided."
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
17.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
The list author says:
  "Heartwarming Tale of Friendship

Zookeeper Amos McGee loves his daily routines, and looks at the small tasks of life with pleasure. At the zoo his routine includes meeting with his special animal friends and spending time doing just exactly what they enjoy doing and are especially good at. Caldecott Medal winner."
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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Picture Puffin)
18.  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Picture Puffin) by Lane Smith
The list author says:
  "The story takes the classic story elements of the original & twists them through the eyes of the Wolf. According to the Wolf everything that happens is just a series of misunderstandings. Scieszka’s play on the old story, is updated with great excuses argued by the wolf. Content: media/journalism, point of view."
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
19.  The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
The list author says:
  "This is a great read aloud for elementary age students to teach a variety of lessons. Concepts such as what makes a reputation, cultural and individual perspectives, villains and heroes, and story prediction."
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Bad Boys Get Cookie!
20.  Bad Boys Get Cookie! by Margie Palatini
The list author says:
  "What a gem for language arts instruction! This creative literary "mashup" of the classic fairy-tales of the ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Three Pigs’, and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ is filled with wordplay, idioms, and dual meanings. The Bad Boys actually do huff, and puff, and even blow; but it’s in a whole different context that leaves the audience laughing with glee."
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The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood
21.  The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood by Toby Forward
The list author says:
  "The wolf tells his side of the story giving the reader a new perspective, and invariably gets everyone making comparisons (Venn diagrams come to mind) to the original. Changing up the perspective on a classic story is a great way to get children involved and talking about books."
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Little Red Riding Hood - A Newfangled Prairie Tale (Aladdin Picture Books)
22.  Little Red Riding Hood - A Newfangled Prairie Tale (Aladdin Picture Books) by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The list author says:
  "Children absolutely love twists on the old fairy tales, and there are now many versions that provide new perspectives, and teaching moments to these classics. Students can make comparisons, delve into the study of perception, and point of view. Great for K-2 age students."
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That's Good! That's Bad! [With CD (Audio)]
23.  That's Good! That's Bad! [With CD (Audio)] by Margery Cuyler
The list author says:
  "This is fun to read aloud, and brings out an automatic read along response from those (lower elementary) listening. Great cause and affect teachable moments, with a twist here and there to make it surprising. The bright, funny illustrations punctuate the whimsical action, and will undoubtedly bring plenty a gasp and laugh throughout."
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There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
24.  There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
The list author says:
  "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner

Themes: friendship, caring
Content areas: early reading -repetitive language, writing – punctuation, Art – expression

Quick teacher/parent read aloud or early reader. For older primary students (2nd) this humorous tale is perfect for quick draw responses. Adults will crack-up too!"
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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
25.  Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
The list author says:
  "Why Not?

Themes: differences, self-esteem, peer-pressure, acceptance
Content areas: Early Reading, Writing – punctuation, Art – visual expression, Guidance- acceptance

Quick teacher/parent read aloud or early reader. Great for prediction exercises. Funny spoof on what young kids say when they hear the word “naked”; only for these characters it’s “dressed”."
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The Mysterious Tadpole
26.  The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
The list author says:
  "This is a perfect K-2 read aloud book that works well when studying life cycles. Students will be drawn into the story thinking it’s just a simple tadpole to frog tale; and they will laugh out loud when Alphonse turns out to be a more mythical beast than first believed. Lessons: life cycles, mythology, irony."
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Fables
27.  Fables by Arnold Lobel
The list author says:
  "Lobel’s fables use outstanding visual and descriptive language that kids 2nd grade on up will learn from. Teachers will especially enjoy using these tales for read aloud, skills development, and role-play. The moral of this story is that great opportunities often come in small packages."
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Katy Duck, Big Sister
28.  Katy Duck, Big Sister by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
The list author says:
  "Themes: Little Brothers & Sisters, Sharing, Wanting Attention
Content areas: Language: repetitive text, quotations, exclamation, picture clues, prediction, cause & affect, making connections."
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Crafty Chloe
29.  Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio
The list author says:
  "This is a fantastic true-to-life picture book that will provide and provoke great classroom discussions about how we treat one another. Outstanding illustrations full of color, humor, and nuance."
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Sorry!
30.  Sorry! by Trudy Ludwig
The list author says:
  "Themes: Respect, Responsibility, Friendship
Content areas: Reading: making connections for comprehension; Guidance: friendship dangers, character pillars. Authentic storyline with situations that open up multiple avenues to discuss the disingenuous behavior of the chronic apologizer."
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Red Sled
31.  Red Sled by Lita Judge
The list author says:
  "Perfect for writing instruction when teaching small moment techniques, expressive wording and word placement. This is a simple story of unexpected fun and joy all told through author/illustrator Lita Judge's heartwarming pictures and perfectly selected words of sound."
$12.75   Used & New from: $0.44
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