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Old 10-06-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Hello! I am interested in books that you like to use for read alouds with your kids. I have a small list from another 4th grade teacher, but I'd like to expand my options. If you would be willing to share books that you think would be great for reading aloud to my students, I would love to check them out! These could be short books, or longer chapter books. Ideas?


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I am reading the Series of Unfortunate Events......I know there's lots of other books that are great for 4th graders, but I have a group of advanced students this year so I decided on something above grade level. So far, they are loving it!
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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I am reading aloud Something Upstairs by Avi. It's a historical suspense book. My students love it!
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I am currently reading "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" by Louis Sachar and my kids beg me to keep reading....it is also teaching a valuable lesson....I'll let you read it and find out!
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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I read "Hatchet" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" every year to my class...the kids love them both.....they are wonderful stories!


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Old 10-06-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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I read aloud all Tommi DePalo's 26 Fairmont Avenue books. There are 5 or 6 books. Right now I am reading The Underneath. The kids love it. They sit still and beg me to keep reading when reading time is over. I love it when they want me to keep reading.;
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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Last week we finished "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane", which they loved. Right now I'm reading "The Hundred Dresses" and I'm making lots of connections to my own life. They are rivoted every time I make a connection, which helps them make connections-lots of discussion. Lots of picture books and poetry too.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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I love A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. The main character is a funny and unusual grandmother - it is set during the Depression. Her grandkids come to stay with her every summer in the first book and they always manage to get into some kind of trouble. The 2nd book is even better! Very entertaining.
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I was just about to recommend There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom , too. I was with a class a few weeks ago and they were reading it in guided reading. They were loving it and, I must admit, I was as well!

I think any Roald Dahl book would also be a good idea, particularly any of the ones that have yet to be made into film.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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All seven of our fourth grades read the Shiloh Trilogy. The kids love all three books. Some of our teachers read all three one right after the other, however my teaching partner reads one a grading period to our classes so we finish before Christmas.


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Old 10-07-2010, 02:31 AM
 
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...Where the Red Fern Grows.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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I am on a bit of a Betty Birney groove at the moment. My students are loving her Humphrey books; they depict the classroom from the point of view of the class pet hamster.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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I am reading All the Lovely Bad Ones, by Mary Downing Hahn. It's a spooky book that goes with the season. The kids are really into it!
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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I have some read alouds I absolutely love...

Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
Skinnybones, Barbara Park
Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins
The BFG, Roald Dahl

I definitely agree with those who recommended There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. It is such a great story that really has you cheering for the main character by the end, which you'd never expect.
Holes and Where the Red Fern Grows are also great read alouds.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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Holes
Shiloh
Swindle
The Witches
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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Maniac Magee! The kids love that one!
I also read There's a boy in the girls bathroom, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
I'm reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimph and the kids are Loving it! It has great descriptive writing.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Last year by chance I came across the book Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary. It is wonderful! Each chapter describes events in the fourth grade classroom and ends with a moral (slow and steady wins the race, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, etc.) and the characters are very colorful! I highly recommend this one.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Last Year I read Swindle by Gordon Korman and my kids loved it! I also started to read the sequel Zoobreak and the new sequel Framed just came out. My kids all started buying the sequels from Scholastic. They were so into it. Another good one is Regular Guy by Sarah Weeks. It's the first of a series also. Lastly The Tale of Emily Windsnap is another good one. This is also the first in a series. I find if I read the first in a series then they will want to read the sequels.
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Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing series
Old 10-08-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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My kids always love this series! I begin the year with it.

Thing About Georgie
Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Summer of the Monkeys
Autobiography of a Stray
Stonewords
Randall's Wall
Pinballs
Hatchet
Gregor the Overlander
City of Ember

I know there's more!

I read everyday after lunch, so I read quite a few books throughout the year.....these are some of my favorites!
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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I love reading a book, then showing the movie. I give the kids a venn diagram and have them compare/contrast the book and movie. The book ALWAYS comes out the winner! They get mad when significant parts of a book they love are left out. I'm reading James and the Giant Peach right now, and some other time this year I'll read Because of Winn Dixie, just for that purpose - plus these are two of my all-time favorite books!
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The Tale of Despereaux
Old 10-10-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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I read this book aloud, and my kids loved it! It has such great descriptive language and new vocabulary. And if you want to then show the movie, that's great, but it is such a letdown compared to the book. But it just solidifies the argument that the book is ALWAYS better! Happy reading!
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:20 AM
 
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Being an upcoming teacher, I have yet to read books to students. However, I can remember my favorite books from my fourth grade teacher, Linda McClemens.
- Charlotte's Web
- Upchuck and the Rotten Willy
- Seven Spiders Spinning
They were amazing for me as a ten year old, and I still remember how Ms. McClemens shrieked and whispered at all the right places. Those three books were my absolute favorites in fourth grade, and now whenever I open the books to read, I can still hear her voice reading to the class again.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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We've read so far this year Frindle, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and the kids have LOVED each one!

I'm planning on using:
Number the Stars
Shiloh
Because of Winn Dixie
Sounder
Poppy
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
My Side of the Mountain (Great for teaching figurative language.)
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Try: The Mysterious Benedict Society!
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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While we are not 'allowed' to read aloud in my building, I strongly believe in the benefits of it. Currently, we are reading Bunnicula. The class is truly engaged in the story. The vocabulary and descriptive language is a great addition to my lessons.
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Why in the world would your building not "allow" reading to your students? I've never heard of such a thing.

I just read "Go Big or Go Home"(Mark Twain Award Nominee) to my class and they truly enjoyed it. Most of the other books on this thread, I have also read to past 4th grade classes. From what I have observed, kids just LOVE to be read to - from K to 6!
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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I am currently reading aloud No Talking by Andrew Clements. It is Hilarious! My students are even having the same contest.
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Here are the books I usually read with my 4th grade students. I don't usually get to all them every year, but nonetheless the students really like all of them for different reasons.

HOOT
The View From the Cherry Tree
Mick Harte was Here
Gregor the Overlander
The Year of the Dog
Home of the Brave
Bridge to Terabithia
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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