I'm really not trying to make this a spam post, but of course, since these are my all-time favorites that I use all throughout the year EVERY year, a few of these have units in my TPT store as well. If you want to check them out, just click on the links. :)
One of my very favorites that I read towards the beginning of the year to teach narrative writing is Memoirs of a Goldfish. It is so adorable and will have you and your students laughing. :)
Another favorite of mine is Come On, Rain! The pictures are beautiful, and the story is great for "small moment story-telling." It describes in detail the moments before rain on a hot summer day, and after, and the child-like heart that can come out in all of us, no matter the age, in a summer rain shower.
Click for Jivey's TPT Come On, Rain! Unit
Ah, this is one of my favorite chapter book read-alouds! Island of the Blue Dolphins is a wonderful, emotional story of a young Indian girl trying to survive on her island after the loss of many in her tribe and family. The kiddos- boys and girls- will be totally captivated and won't want you to stop reading!
This next book is another one of my favorite read-alouds, ESPECIALLY in the years when I have "that behavior problem" in the class. You know the one... the one that drives EVERYONE crazy in the classroom. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom helps students feel for "that kid" in the classroom- in a way, it puts them in his shoes. Plus, I remember reading this book when I was in school, and I loved it-so of course it is still a favorite. :)
I also, along with EVERYONE in America I'm sure, love Charlotte's Web. This was another favorite from when I was little- it was actually my first chapter book I read all by myself. I love it so much. :)
One more chapter book- I read this during our American Revolution Unit and the kids would beg me every day to read "just one more chapter." They loved the idea of kids their age travelling back in time, and of all times, with GEORGE WASHINGTON! They think he's some kind of hero or something. :-P Just kidding. But seriously, George Washington's Socks is a WONDERFUL read-aloud. (It does have the "d-word" one time, but I just skip over it as I read.) Even if you don't teach about the Battle of Trenton among the battles you are required to teach, it is a realistic representation of what the conditions were like.
So what are YOUR favorites? Are any of these books in your rotation already? Please comment to share, and then go link up with Denise too! :)