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An article in the New York Times, Choosing Summer’s Last Big Read (opens in a new window), describes how summer, with its illusion of more free time, means reading a certain kind of book. With my personal reading, I can definitely relate to leisurely summer reading. Other books are strictly winter reads, and sit collecting dust until cooler temperatures. I mean, who could read Tenderness of Wolves or Snow Falling on Cedars in the summer?! I can’t really describe why certain books map to certain times of the year for me, but it’s very real.

All this thinking about summer books made me think about books for fall, specifically that first read aloud you share with your new class of kids. What’s the perfect first read aloud? I’m thinking beyond the picture book to a chapter book that the class has to commit to. My last post on read alouds (opens in a new window) listed some my favorites, and teachers and librarians commented in with their own favorites, creating a good list of its own.

My friends’ kids are in classrooms with pretty predictable, solid, can’t go wrong choices: The Hundred Dresses (opens in a new window), The BFG (opens in a new window), and George’s Marvelous Medicine (opens in a new window). In talking with my friends about these books, I realized no one mentioned any nonfiction — no autobiographies, biographies, or memoirs. I’m not sure what this means, but with wonderful nonfiction award winners like these (opens in a new window) I’m sure some nonfiction titles will be read soon.

Teachers, what did you pick for your first read aloud, and why that book? Parents, what did your child’s teacher pick? How does your child like the book?

About the Author

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

Publication Date
September 2, 2009

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