An article in the New York Times, Choosing Summer’s Last Big Read , 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 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 , The BFG , and George’s Marvelous Medicine . 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 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?