Candle Blowing Read Alouds

Jen from Sparkling in Second and I are here to recommend MORE  monthly-themed books!

Check back with us each month for our top picks for K-5 classrooms.
April is my favorite month because I get to make a wish this month. :) Happy Birthday Month to me!!!

Check out some of our favorite read alouds...

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

A Show Not Tell adorable story about food falling from the sky.
Use for teaching: Narrative Writing, Weather, Cause and Effect, Inference, and Cooking.
Grades: K-5

Shel Silverstein's A Light In the Attic

Shel Silverstein has had my heart since I was in 5th grade. I love his poems because they are silly but GREAT for teaching any ELA standard. Mr. Silverstein has several more poetry books that are knock outs as well. Use his books for POETRY MONTH (APRIL), practicing reading fluently, learning about poetry, great for teaching figurative language, and how to write a little a write poet. Grades: 3-5 

Battle Bunny
 The main character Alex gets Birthday Bunny for a gift and he is NOT happy. He decides to make his own rendition called BATTLE BUNNY. From hopping in the forest to a battle plan being devised this book is NOT the same at the end.
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Jon Scieszka himself last week where he personal signed my Battle Bunny. Want to read about it? He told me the story of this whole book came into play and what fun Jon and Mac had creating this hoppy story!
Use for: Teaching the joys and amazement of EDITING!
Grades 1-5

Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius is a glowing tale of a older lady who does good wherever she goes. She brings betterment to our world once lupine at a time.
Use for teaching: sequencing, story elements, character education, Science (nature), depth and complexity icons (change over time), cause and effect. 
Grades: 1-5

Ida B

An in depth read for upper elementary girls that shares the story a little a girl who lives isn't always daisies. This book is great for teaching child how to cope with the ups and downs in life.
Use for teaching: reading comprehension, becoming of age.
Grades: 5 & up

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

About a little girl and her journey around the world to find ingredients to make a special apple pie.
Use for teaching: Social Studies, Supply and Demand, Sequence, cause and effect.
Grades: K-3

Ivan The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
The Only and Ivan
  I know most of you know about The One and Only Ivan, but I had to share with you something new. Katherine Applegate wrote a picture book to go along with her chapter book for younger kids. Ivan the shopping mall glorilla shares his journey living behind a glass wall. This is a touching story about friendship and how to deal with lose.
PB: All grades
Chapter Book: 4-5

Hop on over to Jen's blog to read the rest of our list!

What's your favorite April read aloud?

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