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Great Read-aloud Books

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Reading aloud is an ideal activity to follow a free play session when the children are ready to sit still and be calm for a while. It fosters listening skills that are the basis of the learning process, encourages a love of books and instils a desire in the children to be able to read the stories themselves. Whilst the children I read to love traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, we usually read contemporary stories. I’m listing some of our favourite books here.

Shark in the Park By (author) Nick SharrattShark in the Park by Nick Sharratt (Corgi Childrens, ISBN 0552549770) is the story of a young boy, Timothy Pope, who goes to the park with his telescope (which obviously rhymes with his name). Each time he looks through the telescope, he sees something that looks like the black fin of a shark, so he shouts out ‘There’s a shark in the park!’. This is repeated several times throughout the book, and the children know when it’s coming and love to shout the phrase out themselves each time.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

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We're Going on a Bear HuntWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt‘ is a lovely story book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Essentially it tells the story of a family (Dad and three children) going to look for a bear. this is not an easy task as they have to go through grass, a river, a forest, mud and a snowstorm until eventually that arrive at a cave where they find a bear. They have been really brave throughout their adventure but… when they come face to face with the bear they suddenly discover they are not so brave and have to retrace their steps VERY quickly!! Finally they arrive back at their home, run upstairs and hide under the covers where they are safe!

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