A Few Good Read Alouds

Marilyn asked for some fourth grade read aloud book recommendations and so here are a few. Keep in mind though that I only read aloud books that I like, nay, love. And that what I love might not be what you love. The following are by no means all of my sure fire hits, just a few off the top of my head.

First of all, one of my favorites (besides, of course, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which is in a class by itself), one I read every year, is Polly Horvath’s The Trolls. I just love reading this book aloud and every class loves it too. It has an amazing blend of odd humour, quirkiness, and pathos.

The year of its publication, I had the best time reading aloud Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux and even had a little Despereaux (there he is below reading) sitting on my shoulder as I did so. Sadly, I haven’t read it since; because it won the Newbery, every year since too many children had already read it. Maybe this year will be different.



One wonderful and sadly overlooked book is Mordecai Gerstein’s The Old Country. It was one of my students’ favorites of the year and the one they came back and asked if I’d read to the next year’s class. This year the author is visiting the school so my librarian colleague, Roxanne (aka fairrosa) is reading it to them in her library classes.

I’ve just begun (for reasons already given) Neil Gaiman’s Coraline which I last read aloud a few years back. Yesterday, I showed this neat booktrailer right before reading. The kids got very excited when I then read about some things they’d just seen in the trailer. Fun!



Filed under Reading, Teaching

4 responses to “A Few Good Read Alouds

  1. Hope you might enjoy this free audio of Alice – for now chapter one,more to follow:



  2. Thank you! I have written these titles in my little memo book and will pull it out next time I am at the book store. My ten year old niece loves, loves, loves “Tale of Despereaux” so I may start with that next, although there are a lot of Roald Dahl books that we haven’t read and I am really facinated by his storytelling style right now. (It’s so viseral and squishy, dark and exciting, short and bitter)

    So many books! So few storytimes.



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  4. What an interesting way to get people interested in reading! Book trailers are like movie trailers, but for books! You can find them all over the internet now, but here is a site that’s featuring them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/booktrailers


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