Sunday, May 2, 2010

Story Books for May

I think I'll keep track of the storybooks I read aloud to the younger children this month. No promises I'll write down every one, but it might be an interesting list, nonetheless.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier illustrated by Paul Galdone
As Right As Right Can Be by Anna Rose, illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Fin M'Coul-The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie de Paola
Pezzettino by Leo Lionni
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Rabbit Garden by Miska Miles
The Circus Baby by Maud and Miska Petersham
The ABC Bunny by Wanda Ga'g
The Gray Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
Lyle Finds His Mother by Bernard Waber
Funny, Funny Lyle by Bernard Waber
The Toolbox by Anne and Harlow Rockwell
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story One:The Poppy Seed Cakes)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Two: The White Goat)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Three: The Picnic Basket)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Four: Erminka and the Red Topped Boots)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Five: Erminka and the Crate of Chickens)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Six: Erminka and the Duck Pond)
The Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark (Story Seven: Through the Fence)
Dinosaur Dinners by Lee Davis
Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving by James Stevenson
The Barn by John Schoenherr
The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss
Bear Party by William Pene du Bois


  1. I love Paul Galdone books!

  2. What a great idea. I think I'll be copying this and just post at the end.

    SoCal Kelly

  3. OK, the first book is listed by Amazon as being for 9-12 year olds and the second one is listed being for 4-8 year olds. How old are the kids you're reading to?


  4. My younger kids, who will be the main listeners to the books on this list, are 5, 8, 8, and 8 1/2.

    I do not pay attention to recommended ages. If I think a child will enjoy a story, it read it! My 5 year old is the only one who listened to The Steadfast Tin Soldier. He could narrate it back the next day pretty well. That recommendation must be for independent reading ages.

  5. Re:Narration

    How did you get your kids past the shy "I don't know" phase? (In response to the question "what was such and such about?")


  6. Repetition. When they are little-little, I begin teaching the skill of narration. I'll read a sentence and ask a question about it. If the child can't answer, I say, "Listen again!" and read the sentence again. I repeat the question. It usually only takes a few times before they answer the question the first time.

    Then I stop asking a question and begin saying, "Tell me what the sentence said, please" or just "Tell it back". By that, I mean tell back (or narrate) the sentence back to me. I model it a few times.

    When they narrate a sentence back well, I ask for two or three sentences, and increase as their skill increases.

    Please note, I do NOT ask for a narration on every sentence in a story. That would make reading a story together a very dreary time. I practice narration as a one sentence "school" activity and just do it once or twice before moving on to something else.

    When we read a story together, we just read. Once a child gets the hang of narration, they often do it without prompting! You might hand her the story you just read and let her 'read' (narrate) it back to her dolly.

    I don't ask for 'formal' narrations until age 5-6 and then only a few times a week. You can read much more good info on narration here:

  7. New question.

    Is this list just what you read them during school or does it include story time-snuggling-bedtime readings as well?


  8. These are snuggling-only books that are not school related except as story time for the five year old. :)


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