Along with lots of picture books this weekend, I also included a few new to me chapter books that I discovered when browsing through the "Best Of" lists. Here are two that would not only be fun reads for students but would also make enjoyable read alouds.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa, Illustrated by June Takabatake (Gecko Press 2017)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I quickly fell in love with it. Giraffe and Pelican are bored, which leads to letter writing and letter delivering and a new friendship with a Penguin, Seal and Whale.
Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
There was a lot to enjoy with this new series featuring a young girl who with the help of her cat must help injured magical creatures. Zoey uses her thinking goggles and scientific method to help a baby dragon. (Note: The Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS have expanded beyond simply teaching the scientific method. As a read aloud, you may be able to talk with students about other strategies that Zoey could have used.)
Look for both of these books at your local indie bookstore or public library.
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