I love to read aloud with my kids so I'm excited to join Mr Hughes for his Read-Aloud Round-Up. I'm also a big fan of audiobooks so sometimes we use those for our read aloud time. I'm going to share a couple of each in this post.
One I always enjoy reading aloud each year is Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise (illustrated by her sister M Sarah Klise). If you haven't read any book by this duo you are in for a treat!
Regarding the Fountain is filled with fun characters, a silly but engaging plot, fantastic word play, and illustrations in all sorts of forms like memo, newspaper, maps, bulletin boards (you really just have to see them). Because of all the illustrations it is definitely good to have a document camera and/or some extra copies of the books s the kids can see the details. I use both while reading. Since it is the first in a series there are always kids that want to continue on reading the others. More recently the pair created another series called 43 Old Cemetery Road which is also great.
While talking about series. I love to do a read aloud of the first 39 clues book because it often prompts kids to continue reading on through the books. I really like all the information it shares about Ben Franklin and the connection to our social studies. Since it is filled with action and suspense it was a great one to stop in an exciting stop and have the kids beg to keep going.
A cool book for fun characters an interesting setting is Dead End in Norvelt. While being grounded for the summer (for shooting off his dad's gun) the only thing he was allowed to do was help his crazy neighbor type up her obituaries for the original natives of Norvelt. It is also includes all sorts of interest historical references. It is a great read.
Below are a couple great books that were brought to the next level by listening as an audiobooks
Wonder got tons of attention this year so I'm sure everyone is familiar with the book. This was even better because the audiobook was created with multiple voice actors creating all the characters. The kids totally ate it up!
Here is the Amazon description of the book.