Reading aloud to students is such an important thing for elementary teachers to take advantage of. This is a time for students to relax a little bit and to be able to just listen and enjoy a book. They may think that this is just a fun time but they are actually retaining more than they think they are. When we do read aloud’s children actually pay attention especially if we do a chapter book. When we do a chapter book it pushes the students to remember what we read the day before or several days ago.
My top 10 children read aloud books I will use in my classroom are:
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
- Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- The Christmas Humbugs by Colleen Monroe
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
- Diary of the Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
These books are all good books. I chose a couple younger age level books but mostly chapter books because that is the reading level of most of the kids I will be teaching.