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Read Alouds with Strong Main Ideas: Great for Conversation!

Jennifer
The list author says: "At the school where I currently work, read aloud is a VERY important part of instruction. It's expertly planned backward starting with the main idea and the questions you will ask to spark your whole class conversation about the book. In Kindergarten, I am having serious debates with my scholars about the motivation behind a characters actions, whether or not they made a wise choice, and find that scholars are able to independently make connections between books without ever having been explicitly taught what a connection is. I've made a list of some of the best books we have read with the strongest main ideas that lead to the richest conversations."
The Recess Queen
The Recess Queen
"Great to connect to King of the Playground"
King of the Playground
King of the Playground
"Great to connect to Mean Jean the Recess Queen"
Rainbow Fish Big Book
Rainbow Fish Big Book
"A classic!"
Tico and the Golden Wings
Tico and the Golden Wings
"Leo Lionni writes such clear lessons for children to learn. They love his books because the messages are so relevant and relatable."
Swimmy
Swimmy
Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book)
Officer Buckle & Gloria (Caldecott Medal Book)
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
Chrysanthemum Big Book
Chrysanthemum Big Book
Those Shoes
Those Shoes
The Other Side
The Other Side
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)
The Empty Pot
The Empty Pot
Shortcut
Shortcut
A Bad Case Of Stripes - Library Edition
A Bad Case Of Stripes - Library Edition
Dog Breath
Dog Breath
The Name Jar
The Name Jar
Julius, the Baby of the World [JULIUS THE BABY OF THE W]
Julius, the Baby of the World [JULIUS THE BABY OF THE W]
A Color of His Own
A Color of His Own
Two Bad Ants
Two Bad Ants