I found three of those books earlier this year thanks to some amazing bloggers, Mr. Schu who is a teacher/librarian in a K-5 school and Colby Sharp who is a 3rd grade teacher in Michigan. You can click on the links below to visit their blogs:
My first share is the 2014 Newberry Award Winner, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. Holy bagumba! Every time I see a squirrel I think of this adorable book!
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Talk about MAGIC! Another story full of friendship and imagination. It's just a great read!
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate...oh. my. gosh. I read this story in one sitting on one of our deep freeze days this past winter. Every time I see an elephant or a gorilla, I'm reminded of this story. This one really tugged at my heart strings. A picture book version of this story is coming out this fall and I can't wait! It's just an amazing story.
I would love to read these books to my first graders this year but I need to meet them first to see if they'll be able to handle them. If I were teaching 3rd grade though, these books would definitely be a part of our year together. Don't take my recommendation alone though, read them yourself first and make your own decision.
It's a gloomy, rainy morning and I overslept and won't be making it to church in time so I plan on starting this one next:
I'm on the hunt for some new chapter books for read alouds this year! If you know of anything new that would work for little ears, please let me know!
Hope all is well!