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Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite picture books and chapter books to read aloud to my class. Over the years my students and I have found some great ones that I read year after year!
Here are some of our favorites…
The Day the Crayons Quit – This story and the sequel below are so funny! The pictures are amazing and the story is quite clever. The kids and I both enjoy reading this one every year.
The Day the Crayons Came Home – The sequel to the book above is just as good as the first. I got this book at our Book Fair a few years ago and it is equally as funny as the first!
Chester – This book is hilarious! It’s all about how Chester tries to take over this book that the author is writing about a mouse. Very funny and the kids always love the ending!
The Pout-Pout Fish – This is a great rhyming book and has a great rhythm to it! Another cute story that the kids always love.
Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying! – This book is Cinderella, but told from the stepmother’s point of view. A great story to explain point of view, great voice, and creativity too. There are many more out there – Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, etc. Perfect if point of view is in your reading standards.
Junie B. Jones– Now, I know many teachers are not a fan of Junie B because of her poor grammar and sometimes poor choices – but I find her funny. I would read most of the series to my class when I taught first grade. Now, I agree Junie B doesn’t always speak properly, however, it does bring up a good teaching moment where you can discuss what the proper way would have been. She’s funny and the kids relate to her. I even enjoy it! I’m a little sad that there isn’t a second grade part of the series…
Jake Drake Series – This is a newer series for me. I tried out Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet last year and my class and I both enjoyed it. There are a few books in the series and you can never go wrong with an Andrew Clement’s book. He is another character who has many situations at school that kids are familiar with. I actually just recently bought the whole set on Amazon so I can read all four books to my students next year.
Clementine – So, as I mentioned, there is no 2nd grade version of Junie B, however Clementine comes close. Clementine reminds me of Junie B, but is in 3rd or 4th grade. She is a bit of a goofball, but again a crazy character that the kids find funny. I’ve read a few in this series to my class and each year a few kids get interested and finish the series on their own.
Frindle – As I mentioned above, who doesn’t love Andrew Clement’s books? Frindle is creative and funny. This is definitely a book I read out loud towards the end of the year as it is higher than 2nd grade level, but the kids love it. It’s all about how this class led a movement to start calling pens Frindles and started an all-out war of sorts with one of the teachers at the school.
The Chocolate Touch – The Chocolate Touch is a hilarious book about a boy who is obsessed with chocolate. He ends up eating this mysterious chocolate which makes everything that he puts into his mouth turn into chocolate. This is always a favorite in my classroom and some years I’ve even done a book study with it.
So, those are a few of my favorite read aloud books. What are some of your favorites?? Write me in the comments below…