I love sharing read-alouds in our library Book Nook, especially when the stories have an element of fun. They are even better when there are repetitive phrases for students to "help" me read. I had two stories like that last week, both from the Texas Library Association's 2x2 list--
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee has illustrations that beg for wondering questions before we even get to the title page.
Looking at the cover, the students and I first agree that Stanley must be the dog--and not a typical one at that, since we don't often find dogs messing with the television. Turning a page, we see Stanley sleeping on the porch at night, and we hear a howl. Who's howling? Where is it coming from? Why is it howling? We have to read the story to find out!
It's Only Stanley has a fun rhyming pattern with lots of repetition. I chose to have the students repeat Walter's response each time he goes to see what's causing a ruckus in the middle of the night--""It's only Stanley," Walter said...". You will have to read the story to find out what Stanley has been up to!
Our kindergarten classes were using their imagination to answer this question: If you could be anything or anyone else, what would you be?
The little amphibian in I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt would rather be a cat, a rabbit, an owl--anything but a frog. When the older, wiser frog tells him he can't be those things, little frog's response is always "Why not?"--our interactive line for the story. It takes a wolf who eats cats, rabbits, and owls--but not frogs--to convince the little frog that it is best to be yourself. What a great message to share with students!
We're having fun with interactive read-alouds in the Book Nook. What are you reading this week?