Read-Aloud Suggestions Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks of Gardam Street. The Penderwicks of Gardam Street opens up with a prologue telling of how Rosalind and her three sisters lost their mother. Before she died, Rosy’s mother gave Aunt Claire a letter in a blue envelope to give to Rosy’s father a few years later. Read p.7-8 down to the middle of p. 8. Skip to chapter 2 to the top of p. 25. What will the girls do? Better yet, what will dad do? Birney, Betty. Surprises According to Humphrey. Humphrey is the classroom hamster and Og is the classroom frog. Together these two loveable pets help to make sure all goes right in Mrs. Brisbane’s class. Humphrey loves to go home on weekends with one of the students. “That’s the BEST-BEST-BEST part of my job as a classroom hamster.” Humphrey also likes to help his classmates with their problems such as he just knows that he can help “raise-your-hand-Heidi” learn how to raise her hand and wait to be called on before speaking. Turn to pages12-15 to see what sets up the scenarios that follow where Humphrey tries to help Ms. Brisbane with this situation and much more. He even handles surprises pretty well until he hears a conversation between the Principal and Mrs. Brisbane. What is he going to do? Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Frogs. Ribbit. Frogs. Ribbit. They live in ponds, rivers, forests, and fields. Some even live in sand dunes. A frog’s life is all about eating. Does that sound like anyone you know? About half of a frog’s bones are in its feet, which can wiggle and grip things almost like hands. These wonderful feet help frogs climb, dig, swim, and even hang upside down. Don’t you wish your feet could do all these things? Vivid photographs help to tell the tale of frogs, the many different kinds and their habitats in Nic Bishop’s Frogs. Begin by reading page 5 then move to such eye-catching pages as 10-11 & 24-25. The photos along with the information on the matching pages will grab help the reader’s attention. Deedy, Carmen Agra. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. To hook readers into the story and leave them wondering how Martina will choose a husband by spilling coffee on them, read through the middle of the 3rd page of the story. Feldman, Jody. The Gollywhopper Games. Watch as Gil and Bianca begin to play the Gollywhopper Games. Read chapter 7 beginning on p. 49 to p. 64, the end of the chapter. Flaherty, A.W. The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating. Katerina-Elizabeth doesn’t like oatmeal. Katerina-Elizabeth’s mother told her that if she didn’t eat her oatmeal, it would stunt her growth (which means she wouldn’t grow very tall). Did I mention that Katerina-Elizabeth didn’t like oatmeal? Once upon board a ship sailing alone to see her grandmother in Scotland, Katerina-Elizabeth thought she would finally get away from oatmeal, but no. Everyday, her mother had made sure, she would be served oatmeal. So, Katerina-Elizabeth threw it out the window much to the delight of the sea worm that was waiting below. Read The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating to find out how the sea worm came to be known as the Loch Ness Monster. Holt, Kimberly. Piper Reed Navy Brat. “The Navy is ruining my life!” And that’s just Tori’s opinion. What reader could resist reading about such personal trauma? To find out what sets up this dilemma, read pp. 1-3. Jump to pp. 54- 56 and read about their first days in their new home and Piper’s list “My Why-I-Wish-We’d Never-Moved List.” Kerley, Barbara. 2008. What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! This entire book is a great read aloud, however if time doesn’t permit, get the readers interested in the following way.The book opens saying “Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem.” Read from the start to the page of little matching schoolgirls, Stop at the last line, “She wanted to own a pet monkey and wear pants.” This describes Teddy Roosevelt’s “small problem.” Law, Ingrid. Savvy. Meet Savvy and her unusual family when you read p.1- p. 11. Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. To tempt young readers into reading the hilarious story of Alvin Ho read aloud chapters 1 & 2. Lupica, Mike. Two-Minute Drill. To entice the readers, begin reading chapter 3 on p.13, and read about the creation of the family football field; stop reading at the bottom of page 18. Mora, Pat. Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico!: America’s Sproutings To capture their taste buds and interests, begin by reading the haiku Chocolate. Follow this with the reading of Chile. Have a great time clapping to the jump-rope rhyme in the letter from the author or passing different foods from hands to hands while keeping up the beat. Neff, Henry H. The Hound of Rowan. Max wakes up to meet Nigel and recover from Mrs. Millen’s visit. Read from p. 24 at the page break towards the bottom (“Max awoke with a start…”) to P. 36, the end of the chapter. Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball. It had eight teams--the Cuban Stars, the Detroit Stars, the Chicago American Giants, the Chicago Giants, the Kansas City Monarchs, the St. Louis Stars, the Indianapolis ABC’s, and the Dayton Marcos. These aren’t teams you’ve ever heard of? Well, step back in time to the 1920’s in America where segregation was rampant and integration had not yet begun. The Negro National League offered a chance for those unsung heroes to overcome hardships, hatred, and much more to do what they loved best-play baseball. “We played a different kind of baseball from the majors. Negro baseball was fast! Flashy! Daring! Sometimes it was even funny.” Read pp. 5-7 to learn about what life was like when there was a “color” line in baseball. Also, the illustrations are unbelievable and help to establish the time period and circumstances. Rappaport, Doreen. Lady Liberty: A Biography. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” are familiar words to anyone who has ever seen or heard of the Statue of Liberty. But where did it all begin? Read the first page entitled “New York City, Today” to grab the attention of the readers. With each page written in the voice of various people who helped to make the Statue of Liberty a reality, it’s a story you won’t easily put down. Schulman, Janet. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City This book is great to enjoy in its entirety, but to get the reader’s interested read the first ten pages (page ten has the picture of the wealthy NYC resident in the red jacket). Then…What will happen to Pale Male now that he has these rich enemies? Speck, Katie. Maybelle in the Soup. Get your readers interested in the action between Maybelle, the cockroach, and Mr. & Mrs. Peabody by reading chapters 3 & 4, pp 7-14. Spinelli, Eileen. Where I Live. Ever had to move? Diana is faced with this when her dad loses his job. Diana is a poet who pours her heart out in short, beautiful poems, making commentaries on her life along the way. There is joy and sadness, irritation and anger, and learning to find something good when they move in with Grandpa Joe in a new city. Read the first poem “This Is Where I Live” to set the tone of the book. Another great poem to read is “One Saturday.” Close to the middle is a set of poems that describes Diana’s angst at having to move—“The Worst News of All,” Six Reasons Why We Have to Move,” and “What About Snap, Crackle, Pop.” Stevens, Janet and Crummel, Susan Stevens. Help Me, Mr. Mutt: Expert Answers for Dogs With People Problems. What a wonderful book to read in two voices-one as the letter writers and the other as Mr. Mutt. To snag the reader’s attention, open with the first letter to Mr. Mutt with Famished in Florida complaining about his food. Read the response from Mr. Mutt on the next page and you’ll have the kids rolling with laughter. Wolf, Joan M. 2007. Someone Named Eva. To hook the readers, beginning reading chapter 2, p,14, and continue with the description of the family’s arrest until the first star on page 22. Then to learn about Milada’s subjection to inspection skip over to page 28 and pick up reading at fourth full paragraph and continue until the first star on p. 33, when she wonders about going home.