Picture Book Read Alouds (page 3)

By — Parents' Choice Foundation
Updated on Jan 8, 2010

Ages 9 - 12 yrs.

Riding the TigerRiding the Tiger
Written by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by David Frampton
Clarion Books: 0395797314: $16.00

Danny is bored and lonely when he climbs on the back of the exciting and somewhat dangerous tiger who offers him a ride. But it's easier to get on the tiger than it is to get off. Frampton’s woodcuts are excellent for this allegory for dealing with one’s anger.

Miss Alaineus: a Vocabulary Disaster
Written and Illustrated by Debra Frasier
Harcourt: 0152021639: $16.00

Spelling and word definitions are a pain in the head for Sage. It’s embarrassing. Then she uses her mistake as an inspiration for a fun and exciting vocabulary parade.

And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be FriendsAnd to Think That We Thought That We'd Never be Friends
Written by Mary Ann Hoberman, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Crown Publishers: 0517800683: $15.95

Siblings learn how easy it is to end a fight, and they take their message to their friends, their street, and the world. A wonderfully timely story in rhyme.

Pink and Say
Written and Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Philomel Books: 0399226710: $16.95

Polacco’s now classic book, based on a true story about her great-great-grandfather is a Civil War story both exciting and poignant. Say, a Union soldier, is left for dead, but he is rescued by Pinkus a black Union soldier. The two become friends and struggle to rejoin their units.

Amelia and Eleanor go for a Ride: Based on a True Story
Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press: 059096075X: $16.95

Based on the true story of two amazing women, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt sneak away from the White House and have an adventure in the skies. Magical illustrations!

Mailing MayMailing May
Written by Michael O. Tunnell, Illustrated by Ted Rand
Greenwillow Books: 0688128793: $15.89

In 1914, May’s family can’t afford to buy her a ticket to see her grandmother, but they can afford to mail her! A true story and Rand’s illustrations are, as usual, expressive, gorgeous watercolors.


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