Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
This book, originally published in 1980 has become a modern classic and favorite read aloud for many teachers and families. I have read this book many times over the years, but never an edition with this cover art. Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover! This book is one book that every elementary student should read or have read aloud at least once.
This book is based on a Rocky Mountain legend. Little Willie hopes to pay the $500 in taxes on his grandfather’s farm that are due with the winnings from a dog sled race he enters. Stone Fox has his most daunting opponent has never lost a race. Will a young boy and his dog, Searchlight, outperform the best sled racers in the country and save the family farm? This story, like its hero, little Willy, has all the ingredients of a winner…right down to the unforeseen drama at the finish line.
After recommending this book to one ASIJ family this week, they emailed me after finishing the book. Here is a bit of the email I received:
“I think your choice was perfect. This book helps my child’s emotional development and also gave us a great experiment as a family.”
This new book by British author/illustrator, Katy Hudson, is an excellent interactive read aloud for exploring the themes of friendship, problem solving and sharing.
Several new books arrived today and that I think students and teachers alike will enjoy Frankencrayon. Last year Michael Hall wrote Red, A Crayon’s Story, an excellent read if you’re looking for a good friendship/identity book about feeling useless, until a friend shares a different perspective.Red, A Crayon’s Story would pair well with this year’s Sakura Medal Nominee, The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell.
NEW – Frankencrayon: A companion book to Red, A Crayon’s Story. This book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.
The ASIJ Elementary Library is joining thousands of schools and libraries worldwide to celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 24th.
How can you prepare for World Read Aloud Day?
- Checkout a recommended read aloud book on display in the elementary library today!
- Checkout your favorite read aloud chapter or picture book and practice reading with expression.
How can you participate on Wednesday, February 24th?
- Come to the elementary library during any recess to read aloud your favorite picture book or chapter from your favorite chapter book to a group of ASIJ friends.
- Listen to a “mystery reader” read aloud a story in the elementary library.
- Read aloud to a friend, teacher, parent, or sibling anytime throughout the day or evening.
Recommended World Read Aloud Day Book (click here for a copy of this story)
This is an excellent read aloud to discuss compassion, friendship, belonging, confidence, and hope.
Click here for more information about World Read Aloud Day.
Little Chester Raccoon from the beloved book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is back. This book reinforces the ideas of flexibility and resilience. Chester learns and important strategy: THINK-TELL-DO. When he thinks he’s afraid, he tells himself he can do it…AND he does it!
The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies
Recommended for Grades 2-5: This is a heart-pounding adventure with descriptive details that allow the reader to visualize the setting and action of the story. It makes for an excellent read aloud. The Lion Who Stole My Arm, is a story about bravery and life’s difficult decisions. I was hooked just five pages into the book when Pedru encounters the lion for the first time. Will Pedru join the conservationists in Mozambique who are trying to save the lions ? Or will he seek revenge?
Other books like The Lion Who Stole My Arm:
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
If you only have time to read one Sakura Book this year, The Honest Truth, is a must read!
Accompanied by his faithful dog, Mark runs away from home, leaving behind his parents and best friend Jessie, to fulfill his dream of climbing Mount Rainer. This is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your chair and your reading light on until the wee hours of the morning.
Author, Dan Gemeinhart asks, “What are the toughest decisions you have made in your life? If you were like Mark,could you have made the decision to get on the train and leave everything behind?”
More books like The Honest Truth:
Primary students have been learning about book care and Read It, Don’t Eat It! was an excellent follow-up to last week’s story, The Perfectly Messed-Up Story and the game Yes, Of Course and No, Never.
It all began with Rosie’s Walk by Pat Huchins…Regardless of whether they’re picture books or chapter books, I realized when reading this recently published book this past weekend, that I can’t seem to get enough of books with chickens as main characters.
Sophie Brown, the main character of this book is memorable, but what I enjoyed most about this book was its format. Kate Klise started a trend with her Regarding the… and her 43 Old Cemetery Road series, Drew Daywalt continued the trend with the 2015 Sakura Medal Picture Book winner, The Day the Crayons Quit, and Kelly Jones successfully told the entire story from the point-of-view of Sophie Brown through the letters she writes. When Sophie and her family move from the city to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm she wants to raise some animals. Needless to say, she is in for a surprise when some very unusual chickens show up at the farm. I recommend Unusual Chickens for An Exceptional Poultry Farm by Kelly Jones as a second or third grade read aloud.
Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Chapter Books you’ll love!
Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Picture Books you’ll love!
***Note: Chick-O-Saurus Rex is a 2016 Sakura Medal contender and P. Zonka Lays An Egg is in the running for a Caldecott Medal.
A new Amazon book order arrived the other day and this book is one of my new favorite reads. I’ve only read this book to a few classes, but I like it so much that it could be one of the picture books I advocate for at the Librarians of Japan meeting this coming May…this is the meeting where we will select the 2017 Sakura Contenders.