The Treasury of Read-Alouds
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Guys Read: Thrillers
Ten years ago the bestselling children’s writer Jon Scieszka created a mission called “Guys Read” with the goal of reaching and motivating reluctant young male readers (online at www.guysread.com). One problem to overcome was the lack of MAD stuff (as in MAD Magazine) in books, the kind of laugh-out-loud-milk-from-the-nose kind of stuff that boys like to talk about and read. So far the movement has given birth to three anthologies of stories from top authors, including this latest collection that includes short thriller pieces (i.e. body on the tracks stuff) from authors like Anthony Horowitz, Walter Dean Myers, and James Patterson. Other books in the series: Guys Write for Guys Read; and Guys Read: Funny Business. Related books: Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things! by Sylvia Branzei; Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys (a); and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! ( see listing below().
Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud
Here are forty-eight read-aloud
stories from the top authors of yesterday and today.
Arranged in categories like school days, food, families,
folk and fairy tales, and animals, the selections include
entire chapter excerpts as well as complete stories. There are also
full-page biographical profiles of the authors. Also by the author: Read
All About It!,
an anthology for grades five and older; and The
On the Web: www.trelease-on-reading.com
Read All About It!
For parents and teachers at a loss for what to
read to preteens and teens, here are fifty selections—from classics
to newspaper columns, fiction and nonfiction, humor and
tragedy. Each story is introduced by a biographical profile
of the author—like “Whatever
happened to Harper Lee?” (To Kill a Mockingbird). Also by the
author: Hey! Listen to This, an anthology
for grades K–4; and
The Read-Aloud Handbook. On the
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!
I’ve been a fan of this series since it started with adult editions (more than a dozen at last count) and it’s a delight to see the editors recognize the importance of young bathroom readers. To be honest about the title, this is an even better bedroom or kitchen table reader. Consider the variety covered in this edition: ubiquitous “body music” articles (burps and hiccups); the truth behind Aesop’s fables, the Pony Express, the “dollar bill,” yo-yos, popsicles, snowboards, Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny, and Little League; amazing kids’ accomplishments; the history of bathrooms; toys that flopped; everything you ever needed to know about lightning. Look for it in Humor/Reference, but be sure to look for the “for Kids” tag. (It won’t be in the children’s section.) Also in the series: Uncle John’s Top Secret Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!; Uncle John’s Electrifying Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!; Uncle John’s Did You Know? Bathroom Reader for Kids Only; and Uncle John’s Facts to Annoy Your Teacher Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!