National Book Month Celebration


National Book Month Celebration

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October is National Book Month! As a celebration of books and reading, we are excited to celebrate by sharing our favorite books with you. We are going to start with our favorite read aloud books.

Reading out loud to children is “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading” the National Commission on Reading noted in its report Becoming a Nation of Readers.

Reading out loud need not stop once a child can read on his/her own.  Reading out loud builds listening skills, reading expression, comprehension skills and shares story telling magic across generations and classrooms.

Some of my boys favorite memories are the read aloud book we have shared through their pre-teen years.  From the Real Life Tales of Daniel Boone to Holes by Louis Sachar, the hours we read together and shared the laughter and stories are special to all of us.

Here is a combination of recommendations from my family, the National Book Foundation, parents and teachers.

Elementary Students

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin

My Fathers Dragon, Ruth Gannett

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silberstein

Stella Luna, Janell Cannon

Stuart Little, Garth Williams

Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans


Middle School Students

An American Plague: Yellow Fever 1793, Jim Murphy

Holes, Louis Sachar

Hush, Jacqueline Woodson

My Brother Sam Is Dead, James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor

The Tiger Rising, Kate DiCamillo

The Trolls, Polly Horvath

Books for High School Students

A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck

The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Storm Catchers, Tim Bowler

King of the Mild Frontier, Chris Crutcher

The Battle of Jericho, Sharon Draper

The Big Burn, Jeanette Ingold

The First Part Last, Angela Johnson

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Twists and Turns, Janet McDonald

Acceleration, Graham McNamee

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl, Joyce Carol Oates

Vote for Lary, Janet Tashjian

House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros