Dec 7, 2010

Tween Tuesday: Read Alouds That You Really Remember

I had planned to have Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5 or Big Nate ready to review today, but nope! So, then I was going to skip Tween Tuesday. Then I thought of a great idea! I was going to talk about a few of the books I recall teachers or my mom reading aloud to me. I had an awesome fourth grade teacher and for some reason the books she read aloud to our class stick out most in my mind.

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews:
This was read to by my fourth grade teacher. I LOVED it. However, later in life when I picked this book up again I felt the beginning really dragged--like the first 1/4 of the book. The rest was as awesome as I remembered. But, many of my fellow teachers read this book aloud still and the kids always love it. If you have never had the pleasure of reading this book, run to your local library or store and pick it up!

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls:
Again read to me by my fourth grader teacher. The whole class bawled at the end. I think it was because my teacher was crying as she read it so we just cried right along with her. This I think is the first memory I have of a book moving me in such a way. So fantastic!

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell:
I remember my mom reading this to us on a super long road trip. I think I was probably too young for the book (being three years younger than my brother and six years younger than my sister), but I remember laughing a lot.

I asked my fellow librarian for her memories and she remembers loving Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Bride to Terabithia and George's Marvelous Medicine.

What were your favorite read alouds?

Tween Tuesday is hosted by GreenBeanTeenQueen--check her out!!


  1. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was one of Wyatt's favorite elementary read-alouds. Other good ones are the BFG and Stone Fox. :-)

  2. Great idea! I remember my fifth grade teacher reading The Phantom Tollbooth and I really liked it. My mom and I read the Little House books out loud-those are great to read aloud!

  3. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Oh, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was one of my favorite childhood books! For me, I remember my third grade teacher reading The Cricket in Times Square to us and my fifth grade teacher reading The Last Bridge to Teribithia and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

  4. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler- one of my favorites. I still remember checking the book out from the County Library and finishing it first because I wanted to read faster. I knew I wasn't supposed to, but I loved it so much.

  5. These are some awesome books and good memories for everyone! Diane--I have kids do that all the time. But I think it's great to see a kid so into a book they cannot wait. Whatever it takes to get them interested in books!