What are your favorite chapter book read alouds?

tomatoA few years back we asked our readers what their go-to picture books were for the first day of school. We heard from both librarians and teachers who shared their favorite read-alouds, and often, their reasons for selecting the book(s). Their choices revealed some new and surprising titles.

For SLJ’s upcoming Back-to-School issue we were hoping to offer a list of favorite chapter book read alouds. Whether or not your schedule allows for sharing an entire book with a classroom, we know public and classroom librarians are often asked for suggestions (and we know you are readers!). What are the titles that you have been using or recommending that have received enthusiastic student feedback? We are especially interested in hearing about new titles (say, pub date 2010 or later), but don’t hesitate to recommend others, especially those that most people might not consider at first glance.

Here are some guidelines:
In 100 words are less, please tell us what you use or recommend (author, title, interest/grade level) and why.
Please provide your name as you would like to see it appear in print and your professional association (library or school/ city & state).
And if you are inclined…what do you think constitutes a good chapter book read aloud? (It needn’t be a whole list, one or two points would be great).
Please send responses to dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com  by August 4th.


As always, thanks for your help. And free to query any classroom teachers you know!