Featured Read Alouds

Read Alouds are so important for children of all ages. There are so many benefits to reading aloud to children.

Read Alouds:

  • Improve comprehension

  • Improve and develop active listening skills

  • Increases vocabulary

  • Models use of language, expression and fluency

  • Promote discussions about themes and big ideas

  • Enhance critical thinking and questioning

  • Build classroom community

  • Nurture a love for reading

September Read Alouds

Mr. Peabody’s Apples

Mr. Peabody’s Apples is Madonna’s 2nd picture book. Madonna “dedicates Mr. Peabody’s Apples to teachers everywhere.” This is the freebie I received from Scholastic many years ago and it is one of my favorite must read back to school books ever.

Mr. Peabody’s Apples takes place in 1949 in Happville, USA. Mr. Peabody is the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, who one day finds himself ostracized when rumors spread through the small town. Mr. Peabody silences the gossip with an unforgettable and poignant lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others. It also illustrates symbolically how difficult it is to “fix” the harm our words does to ones reputation. Truly a powerful message!

Need lessons to go along with the book? Check out these lessons and activities at Teachers Pay Teachers.


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September Novel Read Aloud


In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship and KINDNESS. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Can’t wait!!!

Need lessons to go with this book? Check out these amazing lessons and activities at Teachers Pay Teachers.