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Title: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on April 01, 2011, 05:50 PM
I'll be going into my son's class to do some readalouds soon. Any suggestions? The class is somewhat rowdy and the teacher will not be present while I do this, so I want something that will really captivate the group and keep them (at least most of them) from wandering off.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: smichel on April 01, 2011, 06:23 PM
When it comes to a squirmy group of kindergartners, it's probably best to do something with lots of repetition that they can participate in a little. Some suggestions:

1. We're Going On a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen  See the YouTube video for some ideas on how to get the kids involved in the hand motions.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc0U2WAz4s

2.The Three Little Pigs, by James Marshall   I always got the kids to huff and puff along with me and used some hand gestures, like rubbing my chin at "Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."

3. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems.  After reading the book twice, I showed the kids how to draw the pigeon, step by step.  Not so hard.

4. Possum Come a Knockin', by Nancy Van Laan. Very rhythmic like music.

5. Fortunately, by Remy Charlip.  

6. Hush: a Thai Lullaby, by Mingfong Ho.  Also a Caldecott Honor book.  There are two stories taking place in this book. I usually had the kids help me  pat out the rhythm of the text on their laps.

Anyhow, just a few titles you might want to take a look at.

Good luck!
Stella
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: feecaro on April 01, 2011, 07:32 PM
I second the idea that books with lots of repetition and possibilities for movement are good for the Kinder set.  My 5-year old LOVES Julia Donaldson's THE GRUFFALO: fantastic verse, repetition (they'll have parts of it memorized by the end), and you could even have the kids act it out afterward, if you're up for some mayhem :-) 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. et. al.)  --very catchy

or perhaps something from Jon Scieszka's Trucktown series?  His picture books are sparse on text and big on splashy images, and that might captivate a rowdy bunch for a bit. 

Good luck and have fun!

Carolyn

Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: yellow_submarine on April 01, 2011, 08:17 PM
When it comes to a squirmy group of kindergartners, it's probably best to do something with lots of repetition that they can participate in a little. Some suggestions:

1. We're Going On a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen 

My sister and I ADORED this book as little kids; the repetition is great fun.

Another fun book is Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. The story involves repeating a long list of quirky dog characters with quite a bit of alliteration and rhyming to help kids remember them all. I can still recite quite a few of the lines, just from memories of my own kindergarten days.  :)
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Michelle J. on April 01, 2011, 08:47 PM
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina or
Bark George by Jules Feiffer
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Karen Bly on April 02, 2011, 06:06 AM
I had my son's 4 y.o. preschool class completely enchanted by Skippy Jon Jones and the Mummy Trouble. The unusual words and sing-song pattern really got their attention
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: writermom on April 02, 2011, 06:31 AM
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Natalie on April 02, 2011, 06:41 AM
Some BB recommendations for the younger set:

IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? by  Audrey Vernick

THIS TREE COUNTS by Alison Formento

TOO PURPLEY! and TOO PICKLEY! by Jean Reidy

WINK THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED and the newly released WINK THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO NAP by J.C. Phillips

Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: carlynnw on April 02, 2011, 02:27 PM
Click, Clack, Moo! (illustrated by Betsy Lewin...blanking on the author) is a favorite at our house.  Also any of the 'How Do Dinosaurs...' books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: hairaplenty on April 02, 2011, 03:07 PM
I teach Pre-K but the age and attention span difference is so slight, especially at this time of year!  Winners for me that I know will capitivate interest--I, STINK, by Kate and Jim McMullan, and ABIYOYO, by Pete Seeger.  Hard to compete against a garbage truck and a giant.
Also, anything by Mr. Willums.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: KatyD on April 02, 2011, 05:21 PM
Also take a look at Linda Urban's MOUSE WAS MAD and Kristy Dempsey's MINI RACER.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: ixtumea on April 02, 2011, 06:50 PM
I'm a former first grade teacher who taught sheltered English.  Books that have rhyming patterns are great for children this age.

1.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear
2. Chick a Chick a Boom Boom
3. Today is Monday by Eric Carle
4. Chicken Soup with Rice: A book of Months  is a fun one.  I made copies of each month and had my students illustrate each month and place on a cut out bowl.  We recited each month.  I used big books a lot.
5. Any Eric Carle books

Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: smichel on April 03, 2011, 06:53 AM
Brown Bear is great but by this time in the school year, most kindergartners have heard it half a dozen times. 

Also meant to mention A Visitor For Bear, by Bonnie Becker. Great, captivating story.

Stella
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on April 03, 2011, 08:00 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! There are some good ones here that I haven't read before -- off to the library to check them out!

Carrie
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: olmue on April 03, 2011, 11:55 AM
I just went to my daughter's kindergarten to read aloud, and this is what I brought: (note--we were in small groups, so some of these may be better than others for a group the size of a whole class)

Weekend with Wendell, Kevin Henkes
Baby Brains Superstar, Simon James
Ruby, Maggie Glen
Frog in Love, Max Velthjuis
Baker Cat, Posy Simmonds (illos are small, almost like a graphic novel, so this is better with a smaller group)

I think for a group that is large and/or gets distracted easily, you want something funny and where the characters have distinct voices. The variety and the anticipation of punchlines helps hold interest.

Quiet books or books with too many unnecessary words don't work so well in that setting. (You want to finish reading the words aloud in about the time it takes the kids to "read" the pictures.)
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: kathym44 on April 03, 2011, 12:33 PM
 Our class just had a field trip to the library and one of the stories the librarian read was called "Hi Pizza Man" by Virginia Walter.  The kids loved this story, and it's fun and interactive.  On the pizza theme... a favorite I've read to my K students is "The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza" (can't think of the author at the moment).  It's a silly story with repetition that invites participation.  Have fun!   
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: ixtumea on April 04, 2011, 07:53 PM
It depends on the kindergartens.  I taught second language learners and any predicatable books was a must.  Also we used tons of big books.  Toward the end of first grade I was reading outloud Junie B. Jones to my stories.  More advance students were reading Magic Tree house books.  Depends on the class and students.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: AmyD on April 04, 2011, 09:38 PM
Muncha Muncha Muncha! by Candace Fleming. Those sneaky bunnies have my kids laughing every time. Lots of repetition and fun sound words.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: dave r on April 05, 2011, 03:26 AM
I was the mystery reader for my nieces' and nephew's 1st and 2nd grade classes. I always tried to find something fun.
They liked these:

Too Much Noise  (Students stayed involved by making the sound effects).
Tadpole's Promise (think it's out of print, but if the library has one, they love it!)
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (lots of fun)
Pete the Cat (make sure you teach them the song!)
The Louds Move In (be prepared for the laughter when you say the word "diaper")

Have fun.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: dave r on April 05, 2011, 03:37 AM
BTW ECF,
  You mentioned that the teacher will not be present when you do this. I'm not sure where you are, but many states have laws about leaving the students with non-school personnel, except in specific situations (i.e field trip small groups, volunteer tutoring). You may want to check on that.
  In most cases if something happens, you, the teacher and the school are not covered legally or with the school's insurance. I'm a still a licensed teacher, but when I'm speaking at schools, I put it in the contract agreement that I am not an employee of the school and do not expect to be left alone with the students. I state right in my contract that if the teacher leaves the room, even to answer a phone call in the hall, I will step outside until he or she returns and the students will be left unattended.
 
Good luck!
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Nita9 on April 05, 2011, 08:10 PM
If no one's suggested it, you could try the Junie B Jones series. She starts kindergarten in the first book.

:)
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: m_stiefvater on April 06, 2011, 06:01 AM
Definitely second (or third_) DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS. My kindergartener loves this and it's a great readaloud. He also loves THERE'S A NIGHTMARE IN MY CLOSET and BUT NO ELEPHANTS!
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: ixtumea on April 06, 2011, 09:41 AM
Ooh, I second THERE'S A NIGHTMARE IN MY CLOSET.

I had first graders who were reading Junie B. Jones and when my son was in kindergarten he read more read aloud books with predictable language.  I read every day to my first graders a chapter from Junie B. Jones and went through the whole series in that year.  I did have some advance readers who were reading the books by themselves.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on April 06, 2011, 09:57 AM
Thanks so much for all the ideas! I did want to stay away from chapter books since there's not much to look at and it's hard to end the read-aloud quickly (or make it more dramatic) if some kids are losing interest.

Dave R -- good point about the legality. I hadn't thought of that. It is possible that the assistant teacher will remain in the room. I'll check on that.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Mr. K. on April 06, 2011, 10:40 AM
These are excellent choices.

Also try and get the children involved and don't be afraid to embellish...

Have Fun
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on May 04, 2011, 09:34 AM
Hi everyone -

I did my readaloud yesterday -- ended up having less time than I thought because we also did an art project with the class. I reviewed the books I was able to get at the library with my son the day before and we chose Muncha, Muncha, Muncha for the class (he thought it was hilarious). The kids LOVED it, and were shouting out "Muncha, Muncha, Muncha" with me by the end.

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. We're enjoying reading them all.

Carrie
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: smichel on May 15, 2011, 11:54 AM
Muncha Muncha Muncha was a terrific choice. It's also one of my favorite read alouds. So funny! Glad to hear it went over well.

Stella
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: AmyD on May 15, 2011, 12:26 PM
Yay! So glad Muncha Muncha Muncha was a hit!

 :whitebunny Amy
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 16, 2011, 03:00 AM
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" was popular with the last kindergarten group I worked in.  We finished every session with that poem.  It was interactive and a great group activity.  Perfect for read aloud,  but by the end of that contract, I wanted to do some slightly nasty to that brown bear! :voodoo
It is written by Bill Martin Jnr.
Here is a link you might want to check out: http://www.thevirtualvine.com/brownbear.html

We used to read it: Brown Bear, Bear, (pause) What do you see?
Children: I see a purple cat...looking at me.

It could be worth investigating.
Best of luck
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: Heather Hatch on May 29, 2011, 11:48 PM
Long after Carrie's successful visit reading Muncha Muncha Muncha-

My mom was a librarian. I was remembering the shelves of materials on storytelling technique and class after class where she would take a story, memorize it, and practice, practice, practice.

Just want to point out how easy most of the books on this list make it easy to do a read aloud with great storytelling skill and showmanship. They're written so well it is very obvious "how" to read them, where the tempo slows, when to chant, or whisper, or how to voice emotion, whether it's indicated by typeface, layout, character expression, whatever. There is 'music' in the reading.

Got to be good at that to hold a group nowadays... I hadn't really paid attention to the implied "reader style notes" that are written "into" contemporary 'instant classic' pbs. Demonstration  of our very media savvy culture.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on October 20, 2011, 06:58 PM
Hi all-

I'm bumping this up because now, months after my successful (thanks to all your recommendations) kindergarten read-aloud, I am now organizing a weekly read-aloud series in my son's classroom. He's now in first grade. I'm going to pull suggestions off of this list to give to the other parent volunteers, but I wondered if anyone else out there has additional suggestions that didn't get mentioned the first time. Also, since this will last all year, we might get into some longer PBs, folktales, or if you have suggestions for chapter books where the chapters are really distinct and can stand alone (the book Homer Price comes to mind).

Thank you all again, so much, for your support!

Carrie
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: KeithM on October 23, 2011, 05:28 AM
Frog and Toad stories are really great, I've found, each one complete and a good length, and just awesome stories.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on October 25, 2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks, Keith. It's funny, I was just reading Frog and Toad are Friends last night and thinking, what a great read-aloud. I love those stories. And the copy I was reading was one that a friend had given to me when I was 6 years old -- perfect for first graders.

Carrie
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: elissacruz on October 25, 2011, 11:26 AM
My favorite is Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root.  It's got a great rhythm and both girls and boys love the story.  Plus it's a great way to introduce onomatopoeia to young children.  
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: ButterflyGirl on October 25, 2011, 12:55 PM
When my son was in kindergarten, I was surprised that many of the kids had never heard classics like Caps for Sale or The Little Engine That Could.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas is good for k or 1st, and we also enjoyed Karma Wilson's books, like Bear Snores On -- funny!  Other good choices are Stop Drop and Roll by Margery Cuyler (humor/fire safety), and Someday We'll Have Very Good Manners (short, hilarious, and teaches manners, good for k or 1st.  My novel reading fourth grader still likes me to read it to him.) 

Best wishes on your read aloud program! 
 :)
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: CarrieF on October 27, 2011, 06:26 AM
Oh, I do love Bear Snores On. That would be great for a group, I think. Thanks!

Rattletrap Car is great too, Elissa. So clever. I love how every crazy thing they bring with them gets used.

Good suggestions!
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: majanecka on November 12, 2011, 09:48 PM
Mr Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer.  I did this with my son's kindergarten class.  I bought puppets for each of the charcters in the book and we used their morning circle carpet as the pond and had the children act out the parts with their puppet and come jump into the "pond" when it was their turn.  They loved it.
Title: Re: Kindergarten read-aloud suggestions
Post by: jodyjl on November 12, 2011, 10:02 PM
I think when reading to little ones (pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade), the story itself is less important than the delivery of the story. I would encourage your volunteers to practice before they read to the kids. Read slowly. Use different voices if possible for different characters (kids LOVE this). Make eye contact with the kids. Whisper at times. Turn the pages sloooowly to build suspense...this is great for Jan Brett stories! With little ones, I try not to stop too often to discuss the story. They lose interest too quickly when this happens. The only time I might stop is if there is a word that I know they will not know and understanding that word is critical to enjoying and/or understaning the story.

I love reading just about any story to this age group. I adore HENRY AND MUDGE  and MR. PUTTER by Cynthia Rylant. A few weeks ago I read "Big Pumpkin" aloud which the kids loved.

Enjoy and good luck!