I have a lot of teacher friends who are always in search of that perfect book to read aloud to their classroom. This is tricky. A parent can choose books for reading aloud based on their family values and what they feel is right for their child (and a little help from StorySnoops!).
But a teacher…..a teacher must try and guess the family values of every child in that classroom, erring on the side of caution. A fourth grade teacher can’t choose a book with language in it. Imagine what the parents would say! A book can’t be too religious, too violent, too political, too feminine, or too masculine. That said, teachers do want to read a book with some substance. A GOOD book that is well-written, has depth, meaning, and a story that will suck the students right in. This is a tall order.
Here are some books that I have recommended to teachers (from third grade to middle school) that have met those requirements – and received positive reviews from both the teachers and the students.
Teachers, remember to read the StorySnoop “scoop” to make sure you choose the book that best fits your students. All in all, these are fantastic books you and your students are sure to enjoy.