Sunday, July 3, 2011

Read Alouds for the Fall

Mrs. Parker at Learning With Mrs. Parker  is having a Fall Read Aloud Linky party. So many choices for Fall Read Alouds! What do I choose? How can I choose? What books do I leave out? I already have six books on my I MUST READ THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL LIST ....think that might be tooo much? 

Since I have been out of the classroom for two years I am so excited about the first day of school read alouds! I strongly feel that those first day read alouds can set the tone for the year...oh the pressure! 

I as well don't want to just read "back-to-school" books, I also want to share books from Mexico and Brazil, as they are such an important part of my life! Oh the pressure! 

Here is where I am at right now....

"Have You Filled a Bucket Today!"  
Eight years ago the principal of my school do a book study with everyone using   "How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life"  I simply thought this was an AMAZING book! Through the reading of this book the culture among the adults at the school changed. People were leaving "drops" for others, encouraging others, and truly understanding what it means to be a "bucket filler."  Fast forward three years we discovered the children's version. I have used it EVERY year since. I have used this book with students from 4years-9th grade and each of them GET IT. It is wonderful to work in a classroom where we have "bucket fillers!" 

The Party for Papa Luis/La Fiesta para Papa Luis    
This is a billingual book in English and Spanish. The wonderful concept in this book is that each sentence is added to the next sentence, so by the end of the story the students can actually say it along with you in English or in Spanish. This book is a perfect introduction of Mexican culture. We can talk about the party decorations, such as the Pinata. We can discuss the food. We can share some fun words in Spanish and the list goes on and on. 

The Name Jar

This is a NEW book for me, I am looking forward to using this book on the first day!

Oh The Places You'll Go!

I LOVE this book! This is one of those PERFECT books for the begiing of the year and the end of the year! The theme I choose for my classroom this year is "Oh The Places You'll Go!" I am thrilled with this theme and can't wait to jump in on the first day and discuss what "places" we want to go to during the year!  

Can't wait to keep discovering new books through the this party! 

Make sure you follow along and see what other new books you will discover!  

Read Alouds for Fall Linky Party

Feliz Dia! 



  1. I love The Name Jar it is a beautiful story. Have you read Painted Words/Spoken Stories by Aliki? This may also be a good first week read aloud.

  2. I have seen The Name Jar on a couple of blogs...guess I'll have to check it out!


  3. I love Oh The Places You'll Go! I used to always read it to my 4th graders.

    What grade are you teaching? Sorry if I missed it.

  4. Thanks so much for your comments!

    Ashleigh I will teaching third grade in the fall! :)

    I just ordered the books you suggested Mrs. Parker! Can't wait to get them!

    Jennifer let me know what you think of The Name Jar!

  5. I use Oh The Places You'll Go as well. I love finding other third grade blogs! I now follow.

  6. Welcome to 3rd grade and blogger land! I added you to my 3rd grade Sqworl list!!
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  7. Hi Carmen, my book arrived just now, and I love it!!! My husband's family is from Mexico. We have a new baby and we want her to be exposed to Spanish and her culture as much as possible. Not only will this be a great book for my classroom, but also to share with my daughter! Thanks so much for sharing such a treasure with me! I can't wait to blog about it later this week!!!

  8. Yeah! Rebecca! Soo glad that you liked the book! Another GREAT resource for sharing Spanish and the culture is a great CD by Jose Valle, can purchase it through ITUNES for a direct download. SUCH FUN SONGS and songs that adults like as well! ;)

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