I've decided to start posting each month about the books I choose for the Read Aloud program.
I select books for the Read Aloud program run by Metropolitan Community Foundation, the social justice organization at my church. Volunteers visit Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy each month and read to each classroom, then lead a discussion about the books. The books are then donated to the classroom libraries. Our message centers around themes of Diversity and Inclusion. Using granted funds and individual donations to the program, I purchase about 100 picture books each year and provide some simple questions to get the discussion started.
Here are the books that were read this month:
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
- Why was the chair so important?
- If you saved up that much money what would you buy?
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
- If you had a porcupine, what would you call it?
- Why was Fluffy's name funny?
- How did Fluffy's attitude about his name change?
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
- If you were in Lina's place, what would you do with one sandal?
- What do you think it's like living in a refugee camp?
- Have you ever had a friend or family member move away? How did you feel?
Megan's Birthday Tree by Laurie Lears
- What does adoption mean?
- Do you know the story of when you were born?
- If you had something really important to save money for, what would it be?
- Why do you think Megan was worried about being forgotten?
I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting
- Have you ever gotten a gift that was not what you expected? How did you feel about it? What did you say?
- If you could travel to another country, which one would you choose and why?
- Why did Grandfather give Sophia an olive tree?
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
- Do you know what your name means?
- Why does Yoon try out other names in class?
- If you could choose a new name, what would it be and why?
Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola
- Are there any stories you like to hear about when you were a little kid?
- Why was Bobby scared of his grandfather? Do you think he felt anything else?
- Imagine if you had a friend or a family member who couldn't talk or use their arms or legs. What are some ways you could spend time with them?
Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
- What are some things that boys are "supposed" to like? What are some things girls are "supposed" to like? Why do people think that?
- How do you think Oliver felt when the other kids teased him? Do you think he changed his behavior because of it?
- If you were in Oliver's class, what could you do to make him feel better?
Trouble Talk by Trudy Ludwig
- Has anyone ever shared your secrets without your permission? If so, how did that make you feel?
- Why do people spread rumors? What do they get out of it?
- What could you do in Maya's situation? Would you talk to someone about it or would you talk to Bailey directly?
- Maya thinks that maybe someday she might be able to trust Bailey again. What do you think would have to happen for that to be true?
4th/5th (classroom with two grade levels)
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
- Why did the swimming pool get filled in with tar?
- Why do you think John Henry wants to pick an ice pop for himself?
- What would be different in your life if your best friend wasn't allowed to go somewhere with you?
Tea with Milk by Allen Say
- How do you do things differently when you visit a friend's house?
- Why do you think Masako's parents wanted her to be a "proper Japanese lady"? Do you think Masako could have changed their minds?
- Why were she and Joseph well suited to each other?