December's author is Beverly Cleary. I like to keep things light in December, so this month's genre is humor and fantasy.
As with the other months, I put out a bunch of his books to be displayed for the entire month and I choose one to read aloud. For Cleary, I like to read aloud Beezus and Ramona. The movie that came out a few years ago is super cute and that opens things up for some compare and contrast between the book and the movie.
If you don't think your class will go for this book, any of the "Ralph Mouse" books are always a hit. There's also some older movies for this series as well.
I also have websites available for students to research Beverly Cleary and find more books that they want to add to their "To Read" lists. Harper Collins Publishers has this website called the Author Tracker and Reading Rockets has many more authors on this site.
Do you have a genre of the month or an author study? I'd love to hear what you do with yours!