Some Wonderful Read Alouds
Posted: 2011-02-10 17:04:37 By:




2010 Award
City Dog, Country Frog
(by Mo Willems/illus. by Jon J. Muth, Hyperion $17.99 Score: )

Like his perfectly paced Elephant & Piggie books, with wry humor and minimal text, City Dog, County Frog's stories are gems that bring a warm smile of recognition as the two connect through the seasons. Jon Muth’s watercolor paintings speak all the words that Willems need not put on the pages. The range of expressions Muth manages to give both dog and frog are playful as well as elegant. You have to see dog up to his neck in the water with frog on top of his head to gather what contentment looks like; or frog holding a large leaf over dog in the summer rain that says everything about their friendship! The mark of a fine picture book is when the writing and the art are both needed and they blend as one. Together Willems and Muth have created a jewel of a tale that is not just about the grass or leaves or snow, but of friendship. Nor does it end there. "For everything there is a season" and this memorable book captures both the sadness of endings and joys of beginnings. Don't miss this one! 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on




2010 Award
Boom Boom Go Away!
(Laura Geringer/ illus. Bagram Ibatoulline, Atheneum $15.99 Score: )

A fun read aloud that allows kids to live vicariously as the toys in the child's room discover all the noisy ways to say 'Go Away' when they say it's time to go to bed. There's a lot of repetition as each toy from the previous page appears on the next and the sounds are cumulative, playful sounds that make this fun for kids to chime in on, as you read. The negativism is twice removed; it is not coming from your child or the child in the book, but it's totally satisfying for little listeners who are freed, thanks to those toys, to delay the inevitable. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on




2010 Award
(by Phyllis Root/ illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick $7.99 & up Score: )

Tuck this into the Easter basket or just bring it home for hopping good fun with words, rhythm, and rhyme. The tongue twisting rhymes are going to be a challenge for speed-readers and amusing to little listeners. Originally published in 2005, this edition is printed on sturdy cardboard pages that can take a lot of bouncing about as well as repeated readings. The images are playful, though somewhat alike since this is all about bunnies that jump, thump, scritch and twitch, and tumble and bumble. 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on




2010 Award
Yucky Worms
(by Vivian French/illus. Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick $16.99 Score: )

It may be hard to imagine a whole book just on the subject of worms, but, every page turn in Yucky Worms reveals another interesting fact that is likely to grab the attention of even the whimpiest reader. Told as a conversation between a grandmother gardener and her curious grandson, this is a work of non-fiction with a touch of humor and a lot of science. The underground images give you a slice of underground life that brings the lowly worm into focus as a positive force often overlooked. French also manages to take down a few myths about worms that have been around for years. This is what young science should look and sound like!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on




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