Reading Aloud

Before Smooch came along, I was an ESL tutor for about a year.  I worked with Korean students who were brand new to the country, sometimes brand new to the language.  Without 'formal' ESL training, I relied on my own experiences growing up, and on my tools and strategies from my teaching days back before I got married.  One thing I insisted on doing was reading out loud to the children.  Several of the mothers were concerned that this was a waste of time, so I compiled a few quotes on the benefits of reading out loud, as well as a list of books we read, adding on as we went along.   I thought I'd share it with you here.  It is not a complete list, but reflects about 2 or 3 months of lessons.

Reading Aloud-
"The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." -- American Commission on Reading (1985)

"The growing complexity of our modern world has made the ability to read more essential than ever before. As with most other skills, reading is more easily mastered by those who enjoy it. We can cultivate this passion in our young ones early by reading aloud to them." -- Seth Mullins, Washington Post

"Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  And since children listen on a higher level than they read, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns." -- Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook

Books we've read:  (* indicate Caldecott Winner or Honour Books)
Goodnight, Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
The Story of Babar- Jean de Brunhoff
Bread and Jam for Frances- Russell Hoban
Alistair's Elephant- Marilyn Sadler
*The Little House- Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - Virginia Lee Burton
Corduroy- Don Freeman
Harry the Dirty Dog- Gene Zion
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- Judith Viorst
Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday- Judith Viorst
The Wreck of the Zephyr- Chris Van Allsburg
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile- Bernard Waber
Rap a tap- tap: Here's Bojangles- Leo Dillon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carl
*Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
Ten Little Ladybugs- Melanie Gerth
Peter's Chair- Ezra Jack Keats
Caps for Sale- Esphyr Slobodkina
George and Martha- James Marshall
Flat Stanley- Jeff Brown
*Strega Nona- Tomie de Paola
The Monster at the End of This Book- Jon Stone
Harold and the Purple Crayon- Crockett Johnson
Whistle for Willie- Ezra Jack Keats
*Madeline's Rescue- Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline in America- Ludwig Bemelmans
Circus Caps for Sale- Esphyr Slobodkina
George and Martha- Tons of Fun- James Marshall
Chicken Soup with Rice- Maurice Sendak
*Rain Makes Applesauce- Julian Scheer
Alistair Underwater- Marilyn Sadler
Ferdinand- Munro Leaf
The House on East 88th Street- Bernard Waber
*Stone Soup- Marcia Brown
*Drummer Hoff- Barbara and Ed Emberley
*Madeline- Ludwig Bemelmans
Sammy the Seal- Syd Hoff
Lentil- Robert McCloskey
*Make Way for Ducklings- Robert McCloskey
Babar Saves the Day- Laurent de Brunhoff
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby- Peggy Parish
Alistair's Time Machine- Marilyn Sadler
Funny, Funny, Lyle- Bernard Waber
*Blueberries for Sal-  Robert McCloskey
Danny and the Dinosaur- Syd Hoff

At the same time, I also started compiling a list of books I wanted to have for my own library collection-- you may see some overlap in these lists, but I think this one is more comprehensive.

Wordless Picture Books
Four Hungry Kittens- Emily Arnold McCully
First Snow- E.A. McCully
Picnic- E.A. McCully
Wave- Suzy Lee
Sir Andrew- Paula Winter
Oops- Arthur Geisert
Sector 7- David Wiesner
Frog Goes To Dinner- Mercer Mayer
One Frog Too Many- Mercer Mayer
Sidewalk Circus- Paul Fleischman & Kevin Hawkes
The Lion & the Mouse- Jerry Pinkney

Picture Books
Ira Sleeps Over- Bernard Weber
Rain Makes Applesauce- Julian Scheer
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine- Evaline Ness
Make Way for Ducklings- Robert McCloskey
Eat up Gemma!- Sarah Hayes
Our Friends at Maple Hill Farm- Alice Provensen
Blueberries for Sal- Robert McCloskey
On Mother's Lap- Ann Herbert Scott
Curious George- H. A. Rey
Drummer Hoff- Barbara Emberley
Mirette on the High Wire- Emily Arnold McCully
Starring Mirrette & Bellini- E.A. McCully
Mirrette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls- E.A. McCully
Stone Soup- Marcia Brown
Ox-Cart Man- Donald Hall
Ping- Marjorie Flack
Frederick- Leo Lionni
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse- Leo Lionni
Rikki Tikki Tavi- Rudyard Kipling (Chuck Jones- illus.)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears- Verna Aardema
The Do-Something Day- Joe Lasker
A House is a House for Me- Mary Ann Hoberman
Busytown Word Book- Richard Scarry
Cars & Trucks & Things that Go- Richard Scarry
Whistle for Willie- Ezra Jack Keats
Pet Show!- Ezra Jack Keats
Peter's Chair- Ezra Jack Keats
Madeline's Rescue- Ludwig Bemelmans
Green Eggs & Ham- Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?- Bill Martin Jr.
Wreck of the Zephyr- Chris Van Allsburg
Circus Caps for Sale- Esphyr Slobodkina
The Story of Ferdinand- Munro Leaf
Harold and the Purple Crayon- Crockett Johnson
The House on East 88th Street- Bernard Weber
Lovable Lyle- Bernard Weber
Lyly, Lyle, Crocodile- Bernard Weber
Strega Nona- Tomie dePaola
Miss Nelson is Missing- Harry Allard
Are You My Mother?- P. D. Eastman
Corduroy- Don Freeman
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge- Hildegarde H. Swift
The Glorious Flight- Alice Provensen
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening- Robert Frost (Susan Jeffers -illus.)
A Child's Garden of Verses- Robert Louis Stevenson
Inch by Inch- Leo Lionni
Colors, Numbers, Letters (board book)- Leo Lionni 

Chapter Books
Swan Lake Trilogy- Chris Van Alsburg
Boxcar Children (series)- Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Happy Hollisters (series)- Jerry West
The Mouse & the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary
Ralph S Mouse- Beverly Cleary
Runaway Ralph- Beverly Cleary
A Series of Unfortunate Events (series)- Lemony Snicket
Sarah Plain and Tall- Patricia Maclachlan
Number the Stars- Lois Lowry
The Giver- Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue- Lois Lowry
The Messenger- Lois Lowry
Witch of Blackbird Pond- Elizabeth George Speare
Island of the Blue Dolphins- Scott O'Dell
Holes- Louis Sachar
Sign of the Beaver- Elizabeth George Speare
The Bronze Bow- Elizabeth George Speare
A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L'Engle
Pippi Longstocking- Astrid Lindgren
Pippi in the South Seas- Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Goes on Board- Astrid Lindgren
Pippis Extraordinary Ordinary Day- Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Goes to the Circus- Astrid Lindgren
The Little Prince- Antoine Saint-Exupery
Julie of the Wolves- Jean George
Afternoon of the Elves- Janet Lisle
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- E.L. Konigsburg
The Secret Garden- Frances H Burnett
Catwings- Ursula K Le Guin and S D Schindler (boxed set)
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread- Kate DiCamillo
Swallows and Amazons (series)- Arthur Ransome
The Bridge- Jeri Massi
Two Collars- Jeri Massi
Crown and Jewel – Jeri Massi
Mr. Popper’s Penguins- Richard & Florence Atwater
The Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian- Lynne Reid Banks
The Secret of the Indian- Lynne Reid Banks
The BFG- Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
Matilda- Roald Dahl
Sideways Stories from Wayside School- Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom- Louis Sachar
How to Eat Fried Worms- Thomas Rockwell
Ramona Quimby, Age 8- Beverly Cleary
Misty of Chincoteague- Marguerite Henry
Charlotte’s Web- E.B. White
Stuart Little- E.B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan- E.B. White
The Cay- Theodore Taylor
The Black Pearl- Scott O’dell
Because of Winn-Dixie- Kate DiCamillo
Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbitt
The Hound of the Baskervilles- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Strawberry Girl- Lois Lenski
Bed-knob  and Broomstick- Mary Norton
My Side of the Mountain- Jean George
Walk Two Moons- Sharon Creech
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry- Mildred D. Taylor
Bridge to Terabithia- Katherine Paterson
Jacob Have I Loved- Katherine Paterson
The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
Kidnapped- Robert Louis Stevenson

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