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!