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    By Lori

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    I have used many picture books with success. When trying to teach the "roles" and responses I will often use picture books which tie into some other subject area that we are studying such as The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry when
    studying the Rain Forest. That way I can do three things at once -- the students get a good read aloud and think aloud comprehension strategy lesson, they get to do small group work and learn lit circle roles, and they are also exposed to some information or a tie-in to another subject area we are studying. Other times, I just use a favorite read aloud.

    Some of my very favorite books to read aloud are:
    Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco,
    The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills,
    Angels in the Dust by Margot Raven,
    Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco,
    Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco,
    The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco,
    Betty Doll by Patricia Polacco,
    Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco,
    The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco (can you tell I love Patricia Polacco -- I have also done an author study on her while teaching roles and using her books -- you really can't go wrong with almost any of them)
    When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
    The Memory Coat by E. Woodruff
    The Summer My Father was Ten by Pat Brisson
    Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull ( a good non-fiction title )
    Spirit of Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong (non-fiction)
    Eleanor by Barbara Cooney (non-fiction)
    Dandelions by Eve Bunting
    Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
    The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy
    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
    A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry
    Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky
    Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston
    I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
    Mailing May by Michael Tunnell
    Papa Gatto by Ruth Sanderson

    As you can see for discussion, I tend to use more serious books, I think the students think more about them. As the year progresses I add more humorous titles and I allow more humorous titles in novels where characters have more room to develop. In picture books, however, I haven't had much success in getting good discussions from more humorous stories. Hope that helps. Lori

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