Amanda is hosting a "Fiction Friday Link-Up" at her very cool blog: The Teaching Thief. This is a great opportunity to share some of the fiction books we all love to use because, let's be honest, no one can tolerate ONLY nonfiction books all the time!
I chose to stick to Virginia Studies and Science for my read-aloud books this time. I could do an entire post on nothing but Language Arts books, but I'll save that for another day ;)
A Friendship For Today by McKissack, PatriciaThis is a chapter book about integration in the 1950s and a friendship between two girls that overcomes prejudice.
A Good Night For Freedom by Morrow, Barbara OlenyikThis is a picture book about a family of Quakers that house runaway slaves and describes the resulting danger in which they find themselves.
Freedom On The Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Weatherford, Carole B.This is a picture book about the integration/desegregation period and passive resistance.
Sounder by William H. ArmstrongThis is a chapter book about a sharecropping family that is torn apart when the father is imprisoned for stealing food.
The Great Kapok Tree by Cherry, LynneNot only is this great for discussing ecosystems (rainforest in this case), but it also has a great tie-in to writing. The animals are trying to convince the human not to cut down their home. I use this to discuss persuasive language and which styles/phrases are most effective and human impact on ecosystems.
What fiction books do you use for read-aloud? Come join the link-up and share your favorites!