An absolute favourite for many children, our library's copies are never are on the shelf and my personal edition is forever being shared by our kids. One of our favourite things is to ask relievers, student teachers and new staff to read this to the copy. There is always an air of expectation as our large class (78 children) sit down with bated breath to evaluate the new readers performance when reading the book.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes were made by Stephan Pastis
Total take on some hard to solve cases in their neighbourhood. Timmy is tormented by his crazy teacher Old Man Crocus, his mother who just can't visualise the worldwide potential that the detective agency has and tries to stop him at every turn. Did I mention that his partner is a polar beer, Timmy drives a segway and is a bit mad! The vocabulary used in the book and really is a massive bonus of the book. A great TRA and is supported by a pretty good website, TimmyFailure.com
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
My classes love this book and get excited about what might be swapped next, its great for character inference work and contains amazing illustrations. We've had some cool discussions about what we might swap too. It helps that children love the humour.
It's a Book by Lane Smith
A great commentary about technology and books. This works as a good discussion topic as children evaluate the merits of books, technology and language. Kids very quickly pick up the text features of the book and start taking part in the read aloud, there is no better compliment to a book.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
This is both a sad and beautify book. I had a few plans before reading this book to my class for the first time but was blown away by how much learning took place without me. Check out my blog post on these lessons with this book and the awesome App that has been made for it.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers
Duncan, the main character, receives a letter from each of his crayons explaining why they are quitting as one of his crayons. The letters themselves are quite funny, due in part to the personification that is used and notion of some of the reasons. Who can't appreciate that a blue crayon is sick of being used to colour in water? I delivered a great writing lesson where they wrote their own letters and there's plenty of scope for other writing ideas.
Unfortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman.
My class love Neil Gaiman's books, there was a huge roar when I announced that this was on its way. This title leads the reader on a great journey as Dad recounts what happens when he goes to get the milk from the corner store. The story is far fetched and entertaining as a good read aloud must be to maintain interest.