New k-2 nonfiction read alouds

I hope you’re finding time to read aloud nonfiction to your students. Yesterday I watched a kindergarten teacher read aloud Two Eyes, A Nose and a Mouth  (2000) by Roberta Grobel Intrator. The students were mesmerized by the pictures of faces and specific features like noses and eyebrows. Intrator’s message is that we are all unique and wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all looked alike. Her choices of photos served to affirm this perspective (for example, a two page spread of dozens of photos of the same person versus a two page spread of dozens of different faces). The read aloud was short and this book could easily be put in the classroom library for “rereading” in an imitative style by kindergarteners. Many of her students have not had a lot of experiences drawing so the teacher used this read aloud as a launching point for modeling how she would draw her own face (explicitly stating the shapes and colors she used as she drew on the SmartBoard) and then asking the students to return to their seats and draw just their faces. The students were highly motivated as they returned to their seats. (Thanks for letting me watch this, Colleen!)

So…our youngest students love nonfiction read alouds and I’m always on the hunt for new books that would read aloud well. Here are two new titles I’d recommend with links to my reviews at (FYI – My reviews also include Tier Two words that can be drawn from the text or used to discuss the text and tips for reading aloud with English learners!)

STAY: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michael Muntean (LOVED THIS!!!!)

Leopard & Silkie by Brenda Peterson

These are both narratives – so they are written like stories. Just a reminder to read aloud non-narrative nonfiction as well and here’s a review of an oldie but goodie –

Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg? by Mia Posada

Common Core State Standard connections -Reading Informational Text:

  • Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding (kinder)
  • Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas (1st grade)
  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe (2nd grade)

Hope this helps. Would love to hear about nonfiction titles you are reading aloud and kids are loving!



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