Need a new read aloud?

I have read some AMAZING books lately and I'd love to share them with you.  I get most of my ideas for read alouds from other's recommendations, so I'm hoping my recommendations might inspire some of you awesome teachers!

#1  2013 Newberry Award Winner -Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
(My own son who does not enjoy reading actually picked this book up and finished it in 3 days) So to me, this book is a miracle.  And I promise you will love it also.

#2  Out of My Mind - I read this book aloud as part of the 2013 Global Read Aloud project (so much fun) and we are still today talking about Melody and her struggle with cerebral palsy.  This book is also a great companion to Wonder by R.J. Palacio - I know you've all heard of this one.  It was my vote for the 2012 Newberry Award.  August and Melody have many similarities and you will have great conversations comparing and contrasting these two character's responses to the challenges they face.

#3  Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli - This book is confusing at first, and hard for my fifth graders to decipher on their own, but with support as a classroom read aloud - I think kids would hang on every word.  What kid wouldn't want to hear details about a magical world designed just for kids - no adults!  Snowcones, playgrounds, bounce houses, and riding bikes all day long are the kids' favorite past times in Hokey Pokey.  Secretly, I wouldn't mind living there for a day or two myself.  :)

#4  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Where can I begin? This story is a book lover's dream.  The plot line mirrors Charlie & the Chocolate Factory as kids win tickets to the new magical library opening in town.  Once they get in, they spend the rest of the story playing games, solving clues, and working together (or not) to be the first to escape from the library.  The whole book is a game! Who wouldn't love it?  And, the allusions to many of my favorite childhood books that are sprinkled throughout the text were so much fun too.

#5  If you're a high school teacher (or just love reading YA lit as much as I) than #5 is for you - The Fault in our Stars by John Green.  I started this book on a Friday night and finished on Saturday afternoon if that tells you anything.  I absolutely couldn't put it down, and I know many others felt the same way.  It's a tear jerker as you live the life of a 17 year old girl who is dying from cancer.  I finished the book with a new appreciation for "living like you're dying."  What I wouldn't give to be able to read this aloud with a group of age appropriate kids.  We'd all be a crying mess.  Lastly, it's being made into a movie as I type so you must read it before the big screen ruins it.  Oops, that's not what I meant to say.  You must read it, before the big screen makes tons of money off of it.  There - that sounds better!

Happy Presidents Day everyone!  My kiddos are sledding up north with grandma and grandpa so I'm enjoying having a bit of extra time to myself.  It doesn't come often!!

If you're looking for more great read alouds, check out It's Monday, What are you Reading?


  1. I just started reading Wonder yesterday and I can barely put it down! Thanks for all the great suggestions! I think I will head to the bookstore and purchase Out of My Mind. I'm always on the look out for great read aloud books.

    Fifth Grade Wit and

    1. You will love Wonder and Out of my Mind! I can't wait to hear what you think about both!

  2. I've read Wonder and Out of My Mind as read alouds. I have seen the Flora & Ulysses, but haven't read it yet. Thank you for the suggestions!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. So many great books published this year! Thanks for commenting Alison!

  3. I recently read Flora & Ulysses and The Fault in Our Stars too! Both were fantastic. I can easily see how Flora & Ulysses would engage reluctant readers. I can't wait to check out your other suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wasn't The Fault in our Stars the best. I hope movie is half as good. :) Thanks for commenting Jessica.

  4. Going to have to get Out of My Mind. I so loved Wonder.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms


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