Children's Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents : Level Grades 3 and 4

Children's Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents : Level Grades 3 and 4

Children's Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents : Level Grades 3 and 4

Children's Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents : Level Grades 3 and 4

Synopsis

This third book in the 4 book Children's Book Corner set provides a complete program for those starting a read-aloud program at home, in their classroom or school, or their public library. This volume focuses on read-alouds for children in grades 3 and 4. It provides book lists, book selection ideas, as well as pre-reading, while reading, and post reading questions and activities. Parent Pull Out Pages with helpful tips are provided for duplication. Helpful appendices and an index furnish additional aides to structure a great read-aloud program. New in this book, is a section, Up Close and Personal, of personal notes from children's authors discussing their books featured in the read-aloud section. Also, new to the section is WRITE AWAY, providing writing tips and activities.

Excerpt

This resource book contains 25 read-aloud plans for outstanding books to read with children in the third and fourth grades. Hundreds of related titles are highlighted alongside the read-aloud plans and in the Book Notes section. Fiction as well as nonfiction titles are represented. Look for holiday selections, books on popular themes and content area subjects, biographies, poetry, and books reflecting a spectrum of genres. Thought-provoking books, funny stories, illuminating studies, history, mystery, and math, as well as issues such as death, divorce, school and family conflicts, and the trials of friendship, are addressed.

These books celebrate reading by the very excellence they bring to the advanced picture book, early chapter book, and intermediate chapter book. As examples of the best there is to offer in literature for children in the middle grades, they nourish and sustain the independent reader while encouraging the reluctant reader to embrace the wonderful world of books. A variety of interests and a range of levels of reading difficulty are represented here. The plans offer instruction in all four strands of language arts: reading, listening, writing, and speaking.

In addition to read-aloud plans, you will find Tips and Techniques for Teachers and Librarians and Parent Pull-Out Pages intended to be sent home on a regular basis throughout the year. An extensive Book Notes section lists hundreds of children's books, categorized by the subjects they address and briefly summarized. Finally, consult the subject, title, author, and illustrator indexes to help you find just the right book for a special group or a particular child.

How Were the Choices Made About
Which Books to Include?

In deciding which children's books to include in this resource, several criteria were used to determine whether a book would be highlighted with a read-aloud plan, listed in the Book Notes section, mentioned on a Parent Pull-Out Page, or not included in the resource at all. The determination was based upon several factors, the most important of which was whether the book told an original story in an appealing way or approached a nonfiction topic in a memorable and fresh fashion for the middle grade child. In the case of a picture book, how the subject was handled and if the text and art created a package suitable for the middle grade child was essential for selection for inclusion. I strived to introduce worthy titles, both new and older, that teachers, librarians, and parents might not be familiar with, rather than well-known classics or popular children's titles. However, a list of titles and authors middle graders should be familiar with is included in the Parent Pull-Out Pages. These books and authors ought to be the foundation of a read-aloud program and the cornerstone of every middle grade classroom and school library, as well as fully represented in the children's collections of public libraries. Similarly, there is an extensive list of chapter books in the Tips and Techniques for Teachers and Librarians section of this resource. These books encourage and stimulate young readers and are ideal for reading aloud or for youngsters to read independently.

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