Book Talk Thursday ~ Read Aloud Week

Did you know that this week is Read Aloud to Your Child Week in Virginia?  Every year our school has a challenge for parents to read aloud to their children each night during the week.  So, this week I am highlighting a fun book that can be read together for Book Talk Thursday!

I love the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You books.  Zack and I used to read them all the time when he was first learning to read.  A while back, I found the hardcover books at Kroger for $5 each!  I snagged some up to have a set for the Reading Center.  I use them to help with fluency practice by pairing the students, so they can read the stories together.

The other night we had our Family Reading Night where families come to read books together and take Accelerated Reader tests.  We have great snacks and great fun.  The kids really like to use the ipads to take their tests too!

I always find the best books while there because our wonderful librarian picks out books perfect for whatever holiday season.  This time I found You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together!  Oh my!  Where have I been?  I must get a set of these for myself!!!
Anyway, the bottom line is that this book is so much fun to read! Tomorrow on the announcements, the librarian and I are going to read it aloud to the school.  I can't wait!

The book is full of great stories that children will enjoy.  None of them are scary at all, but they are a lot of fun.  There is one story called "Trick or Treat" where the children chronicle their adventures while out trick-or-treating.  Another story, "The Mouse and the Ghost" has the two creatures telling each other that they are scared of each other.  So cute and fun!

Since children really have to listen to each other and pay attention, this book is great for fluency practice.  But it is also great for reading AND listening comprehension.  The students have to attend to the story as their partner is reading the book.  I have created this simple summarizing graphic organizer to use with the students as they read the stories.  Students can each choose their own story to summarize.  Click {here} or on the picture below to grab your freebie,which you can use with this book or any nonfiction book!

How often do read aloud to a child?  I read aloud to both of my children every night!  You can check out my blog post about why I do that by clicking {here}!

What are some of your favorite books to read aloud to your children or students?

For now, I am heading off to read aloud with my children!

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  1. I just started doing afterschool tutoring, and I am excited because I really have the time to do some great read alouds. Today was our first day and I read aloud to them, and I was amazed how captivated they were! I don't get my usual reading groups for that much uninterrupted time. I had forgotten how wonderful long read alouds can be!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. Really like the candy corn graphic organizer for Halloween! We are working on character and setting next week so I'm eager to use this idea! Thanks! We have some Halloween freebies on our site too. Thanks again for the great idea.

  3. Love the candy corn idea! I will have to look for these books! Thanks for sharing at Classroom Freebies!


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