Rich conversations support deeper understanding during read aloud, but sometimes time constraints can limit opportunities to discuss stories. We, along with a number of dear colleagues, have been collecting read aloud titles that are short, yet dense enough to support rich conversations.
In collaboration with our Good to Great friends–members of our #G2Great Professional Learning Network PLN*, which was founded around Dr. Mary Howard’s book Good to Great Teaching. The group has compiled a list of some of our favorite short-but-deep read aloud titles. The books on this list are brief enough to read in one sitting, yet engaging enough to invite thoughtful conversation. Each story succinctly offers beautifully integrated print and illustration, giving students much to explore and talk about. Such textual engagement is the cornerstone of our new book, Who’s Doing the Work? and the core of all our work with students and teachers.
Most importantly, Book Source (@thebooksource) has agreed to assemble these titles in one place for us (and for you) and to donate two-percent of purchases of titles on this list. The two percent will be donated to students who live on Native American reservations in Minnesota–many of whom do not have books in their homes or access to a public library–giving them the opportunity to choose books they can keep. In particular, this effort has been designed to support their summer reading. Click the image below to access the list at Booksource and help put books in the hands of Native American students this summer.
*The “Good to Great” (#G2Great) Voxer Professional Learning Network, which (at the time of this writing) includes Amy Brennan, Trevor Bryan, Jan Burkins, Dani Burtsfield, Rich Czyz, Jill DeRosa, Justin Dolci, Donna Donner, JoAnne Duncan, Lisa Eickholdt, Julieanne Harmatz, Michelle Haseltine, Jenn Hayhurst, Kathryn Hoffman-Thompson, Mary Howard, Jeanne-Marie Mazzaferro, Fran McVeigh, Jessie Miller, Natalie Miller, Cornelius Minor, Joan Moser, Kristi Mraz, Colleen Nizza, Christina Nosek, Erica Pecorale, Meenoo Rami, Susie Rolander, Jennifer Sniadecki, Dan Tricarico, and Kari Yates.