Current Read-Alouds


Our books and activities for the week mostly revolved around forests, forest animals and trees. Here are a few of the books we enjoyed:

Sheila Rivera

This short non-fiction book is a great introduction to Forests. Words which may be unfamiliar are in bold and are then defined in the text. This book is perfect as either a read-aloud or as practice for an emerging reader.

"Who Grows Up in the Forest?"
Theresa Longenecker

This is another non-fiction title that we enjoyed. Eight different forest animals and their babies are featured. This was a fun way to study some baby animal names.

"Backyard Bear"
Jim Murphy

We used this as our main storybook for the week. Its the story of a young black bear who wanders into a neighborhood and wreaks havoc (non-violent). The bear is not anthropomorphic and it is child-friendly while still remaining realistic. It was a great opener to our discussions about wild animals and our safety.

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I always initiate a mini-narration from him when we're finished so that I know he understood the story and we discuss the story during and after reading it. Of course, we read more than these, but many have been listed before, will be blogged about at a later date or weren't worth a report.

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To see what others are reading to their children (and what some children are reading to their parents), please visit the links below:


  1. I just started a new link up called Teach Me To Read Thursdays if you want to join in :)

  2. Backyard Bear sounds interesting. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  3. These look like some good selections, especially Backyard Bear. Thanks for linking up to RAT!

  4. Who Grows Up in the Woods looks LOVELY!


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