“Your read-aloud suggestions include so many of my favorite books! I love the quality of the illustrations and the connection that the materials make to children’s literature.”


The foundation of literacy lies in the unhurried time spent reading to and with our children.


The Read-Aloud Connection is a conversation devoted to the importance, the documented benefits, and the joy of the classroom read-aloud. This conversation includes articles on current research and best practice; book reviews; and ideas for incorporating children’s literature into the everyday work of your primary or elementary students.

While focus is placed on the Montessori classroom, it is our hope that the information shared will encourage read-alouds in all venues of early childhood learning, including the home. You are invited to share your experiences, ideas and comments.

Rita Akins


More about our read-aloud suggestions

The human brain loves story. Using works of fiction and creative non-fiction as classroom read alouds engages the child’s interests, bringing information and knowledge to life for young learners. To that end, at least one work of fiction or creative non-fiction is suggested for each activity.



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The Read-Aloud Connection


Of Polar Bears and Big Blue Whales

Most of us will never see firsthand the precious Arctic habitat of polar bears, or the ocean depths that are home to the blue whale. Our adult connection to the ...
Book Reviews, Perspective taking /

They all saw a cat – a novel “take” on perspective

We’ve all seen a cat . . . right? But author/illustrator, Brendan Wenzel, cleverly reminds us in his latest picture book that “seeing” is personal. They All Saw a Cat  ...

Selecting children’s books for your classroom

Selecting literature for the classroom is an important part of preparing the environment. The books that you choose should reflect your students’ needs and interests, while supporting the curriculum.  However, ...

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful How Art Transformed a Neighborhood By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell Illustrated by Rafael López This truly beautiful picture book is a triumphant celebration of collaboration ...

Father-child-nature relationship in picture books

My search for picture books that portray the power of fathers to foster empathy with nature. I recall from my childhood that the sight of a fly in the kitchen ...

Wordless Picture Books – Literacy Gold

Wordless picture books are a treasure trove of quality illustrations that engage both younger and older students. Without the support of words, these richly illustrated books offer a visual landscape ...

Water is Water – A Book About the Water Cycle

Water is Water - A Book About the Water Cycle By Miranda Paul; Illustrations by Jason Chin A biracial brother and sister and a diverse group of friends play and ...
Articles, nature play, Storytelling /

Nature Storytelling

Storytelling is an important part of children’s play in nature. It is at the core of how they come to understand their outdoor experiences. Listening closely to the stories can ...
Articles /

World Read Aloud Day 2016

"The read aloud is an absolutely magical and profound tool for inspiring, motivating and engaging readers of all ages."  - Pam Allyn, Founder, Lit World Wednesday, February 24, is World ...

Bringing content to life with creative nonfiction

The lists of read-aloud suggestions found on this website include many nature titles that can be described best as creative nonfiction. What is it? In a nutshell, creative nonfiction employs ...
Diversity

Diversity – The Richness of Human Life

I’ve always found a certain therapy in reading to children - just break open a good book, read aloud and watch the world’s ugliness melt away - at least for ...
Book Reviews, fiction, growth mindset /

Time for Something Magnificent !

As a picture book lover of the genus hoarder, I advocate for classroom read alouds by finding curricular tie-ins to make reading authentic children’s literature an everyday part of the ...
Articles, picture book art /

Elements Revealed in the Art of the Picture Book

Just as the picture book narrative offers a meaningful context for learning language concepts, structures and vocabulary; so, also, picture book art can provide a rich teaching tool for presenting ...
Book Reviews, Empathy with nature /

Do Unto Animals

Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better by Tracey Stewart (Author), Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator) Publisher: Artisan (October 20, 2015) ...

The Whole Book Approach

Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert (Author), Chris Raschka (Foreword), Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Contributor) ...

Our Farm – by the Animals of Farm Sanctuary

Our Farm -  By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary Author: Maya Gottfried Illustrator: Robert Rahway Zakanitch Short Description: Inspired by and about the non-human residents of Farm Sanctuary - a ...