First grade is when many children put it all together and begin to read independently. But reading aloud with first graders remains not only a pleasurable but an important activity. See also: Great Read Alouds for Kids: Babies to Grade 3. Farmer Brown has his hands full when the peculiarities of game activity development at preschool age on his farm get a typewriter.
Duck, however, negotiates successfully for all parties in this very funny farm story of very clever animals. Be prepared to talk about typewriters or take a trip to a museum to see one! Say narrates the saga of his grandfather who as a young man travels to the United States in the early 20th century, marries, and returns to Japan. Watercolor portraits of people and places glimpse the contrast of cultures and parallel the lives of grandfather and grandson.
It could lead to a discovery of family histories. A boy’s game with his father begins each morning with, “KNOCK KNOCK. Then one morning, the father is no longer there but he shares his dreams for his son through a letter. Based on the author’s separation from his father, sadness and hope radiate from the pages of this affecting story. There are three words that Martha — a dog who gained the ability to speak when she ate alphabet soup — absolutely hates. Do-Come-Inn, those words propel the Martha and the family into action with very funny results. Mirandy wants to win the cakewalk dance but to do so, can she capture Brother Wind?
Inspired by a family photograph, the author and illustrator richly imagine a time past and what a clever girl can achieve. Realistic watercolor illustrations increase the story’s sense of time, place, and its drama. A boy sets off to rescue a baby dragon and has a series of adventures before the happy conclusion. Though written long ago, the slightly eccentric tale continues to engage young readers. Enjoy the richly colored collage cutouts illustrate alone or read the informative text which details the history of parrots and their island home.