Every year I have three books I read that make me cry.
They love it! :)
I have read this every year to my class... even when I taught 1st/2nd grade. I love sharing this book, talking about the history, and asking students to take a stand to decide if Little Willie should win or if Stone Fox should win.
I love getting to the final race... reading fast... watching the kids literally sit on the edge of their seats.
And then, turning the page to the sad sad sad finale... but then the amazing kindness... and then just letting it all sink in.
I cry every single time. Even though I've read it for 8 years now... every time!
Tear jerker #2...
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
So beautiful! So perfect for talking about how characters can grow and change. Every time it makes me think of my Meggie Kay- my Cabbage Patch Doll who was my bestest friend when I was little.
Tear jerker #3...
Last year is actually the first year I read this. And I made the mistake of doing it RIGHT after Stone Fox so we could draw comparisons... it's a fabulous story about friendship and loyalty, but also tugs at those heart strings!
I also have some books that make me LOL! This year I was laughing more than the kids were when we read Pippi Longstocking.
We just finished it and will be watching the movie later this year... you know the totally 80s Pippi movie... YES!
I also L-O-V-E Little House in the Big Woods. The chapter where the papa sees the "bear" in the woods only to realize that it's really a... oh, I won't ruin the hilarity for you. But it's pretty hilarious!
Every year after we read Little House we make butter... it's so fun and such a good connection to the book!
You just need small jars with lids, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. The kids shake, shake, shake for about 20 minutes. We pair up and share a jar. Every two minutes or so, we switch and the other partner shakes. About halfway through, I always start dumping out the buttermilk that forms in the jars. It helps make the finished product more solid.
This is sooooo tasty! We slather it on bread and enjoy a delicious taste of life from the past!
What are your favorite read alouds? I'm always looking for new chapter books to add to my collection... do share in the comments!