November 21, 2012

Kindergarten Read-Aloud List, 81-100

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, 
Go throw your TV set away, 
And in its place you can install, 
A lovely bookshelf on the wall."
- Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Several of the books on this week's reading list (#81, #82, #98) will make for excellent Advent reading. For a book on the lives of the Saints, we particularly enjoy #97 and have checked it out from the library multiple times!

For stories that are just plain ole fun, you won't want to pass up #86 and #87. ;)

Our Kindergarten Read-Aloud List, 81-100
*indicates Family Favorite

*81. The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola (this is a delightful story about the Spanish/Mexican Catholic tradition of Las Posadas, a nine-day reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for an inn in Bethlehem; the ending comes with a miraculous little surprise!)
82. Strega Nona's Gift by Tomie dePaola (delicious book that chronicles some of the Italian Catholic feast days in December and January and the traditional foods associated with them)
83. Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (we liked this - it is a gentle book which commemorates Saint Joseph's Day, the day when the swallows, or las golondrinas, return to their sanctuary at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano)
84. Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride by William Steig (another Steig book that I could do without!)
85. Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
86. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (ok, this book was just cool - great for learning letters...or at least making them fun)
87. The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet (my son, a lover of all things with an engine, totally ate this book up...when we went to the library weeks later he was able to relate the entire thing to the librarian as if he had just read it a few moments prior!)
88. The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain (very useful for introducing or reinforcing the concept of strangers and being smart about safety)
89. Tales from the Old Testament retold by Jim Weiss (audio book)
*90. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis (I don't think this needs an explanation -- it is a must-read; my 5 yo literally begged every evening for this book)
91. Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Laura Numeroff
92. Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola
93. Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin
94. Ming Lo Moves the Mountain by Arnold Lobel (clever and engaging! -- it reminded me somewhat of Tikki Tikki Tembo, another book my 5 yo had literally memorized at one point)
95. Jessica by Kevin Henkes (this was pretty good, I think mostly because it so accurately captures the thoughts of a Kindergartener)
96. Help Me Be Good: Being Selfish by Joy Berry (brief, pleasant book that teaches about selfishness; the simplicity of it really got through to my kiddos)
*97. Saints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson (if you're a Catholic family looking for a book on the Saints to add to your home library, this is definitely one to pick up; the stories are short but informative and inspiring, despite that some may need to be edited for smaller children [ie: regarding the details of their martyrdom])
*98. The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi (beautiful account of the life of the real St. Nicholas, a 4th century Catholic bishop - perfect book to have on hand for his feast day on December 6)
99. Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown
100. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes


Be sure to check out my previous posts for other book ideas:

Kindergarten Read-Aloud List 1-20 |  21-40 |  41-60 | 61-80

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