08 Oct It’s Monday! Books to Reread and Retell #IMWAYR #BuildYourStack
Young readers love to read their favorite books again and again. We are always on the lookout for picture books with an engaging storyline, an easy-to-remember refrain, and reliable picture support so our readers can reread and retell together. We found some great ones in our reading stacks this summer – and here are a few we are rereading!
We want retelling work to be engaging and active. When we give students opportunities to read with a partner, to retell in groups, and to act out their favorite scenes, they construct a deeper understanding of the story elements. Partners retell by turning the pages and saying what happened or they take on the characters’ roles and act as if they are those characters. During center time, we encourage readers to take these books into the block area to construct the setting or use props to bring these stories to life in the drama area. No matter how readers choose to retell, we want them to know that reading is a playful and meaning-making activity.
We find that texts with a strong problem/solution structure and strong feelings for the students to discuss and act out work really well. To get these types of books into the readers’ hands, we “book talk” several titles and then watch as these books fly off the classroom shelves when it is time for children to choose. Students even help us create baskets in the classroom library of the books they love to retell and act out.
Here are three books we recently shared with kindergarten and first-grade students that we think will be perfect for this basket:
There Might Be Lobsters, Carolyn Crimi and Laurel Molk
Sukie is a dog who is afraid to go into the water and she has lots of excuses as to why she can’t go swimming. When she sees her favorite stuffed animal floating out to sea, she rushes into the water to save her. Kids love this dog story! We love the strong turning point and close in ending.
We don’t eat our CLASSMATES, Ryan T. Higgins
If you teach Kindergarten, you have to read this book to your class. Kids will get a kick out of having a dinosaur in the classroom who eats children and then spits them out. Besides, retelling, this is a great book to launch a classroom conversation about the mistakes we all make at times and how we can learn and grow from them.
Telephone, Mac Barnett and Jen Corace
When these birds are sitting on a telephone wire, trying to convey Mama’s message down the line, silliness erupts, and the news gets distorted. What a fun book to talk about the power of listening and to help readers understand how to think about the main problem in a text. This one will not only have kids laughing, but it will also introduce them to the old-fashioned game of telephone.
We can tell students will return to these books again and again. Which books would you and your students add to the read and retell baskets? Check out this Pinterest board to see some other titles we have in this basket.