Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Read Aloud Books Part Two

This week, read aloud books for school-age kids. Whether you're reading at home, at school, or putting together a story time for kids with special needs, figuring out what to read aloud to kids in elementary school may be puzzling. But as one of my librarian friends says, there's a picture book for every age! 
So here's a list of picture books (and one well-illustrated chapter book) to try with older kids with autism (or without).

500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins/Seuss
Bartholomew and the Oobleck/Seuss
longer, more complex Dr. Seuss-never be afraid to abridge if you’re losing your audience.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs/Barrett
Pickles to Pittsburgh/Barrett
are two books with proven appeal and great visual humor.
Lady Lollipop/King-Smith A fun chapter book about a royal pet pig, by the author of Babe.
Madeline/Bemelmans  Rhymes make this classic almost irresistible, and kids w/autism are usually less tied to gender/age expectations.
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch/Noble  A funny book that plays off of story conventions-also featured on an episode of Reading Rainbow.
Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon/Lovell A be yourself book.
The Twin Giants/King-Smith  A funny story with BIG pictures.
Tuesday/Wiesner  another in the visual humor vein, very few words but with time and
date references (which appeal to kids with calendar interests).

Let me know which ones worked best-and ask the kids for their
favorites too.

-Spectrum Mom

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