There are so many wonderful books to read aloud to your students at this time of year. So many that it is sometimes hard to fit them all into our busy, fun-filled schedules. However, every year I always find the time to read the following story to my class:
This would have to be my all time favorite. If you have not read this before, it is about a little boy named Edward who does not know how to read yet. Everyone thinks that he should be tested to see if there is a problem, but his mother says to "just have patience."
On Christmas Eve, Edward discovers that Santa has accidentally left his book of names in his house in front of the fireplace. Edward races outside only to see Santa's sleigh pull away. Edward knows that Santa will not be able to do his job without his book of names so, he has to help Santa. Since he doesn't know how to read or spell yet, Edward decides to make a large B in the snow (since book starts with the letter b) in the hopes that Santa will return in search of his missing book. It works! Santa returns and asks Edward to help him on the rest of his journey. Edward agrees after explaining to Santa that he can't read yet. Santa tells Edward that he can hold the book of names and turn the pages for him. All is well until a bird accidentally knocks Santa's glasses off his nose and they fall into the sea. Oh no...now Santa can't read his book. Will Edward help save Christmas?
Of course, I can't tell you how it ends; but I will tell you that it is one of those read alouds that make you feel all good inside when you are done. Also, it is one of those books where not a single child makes a peep during the read. They are always sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the outcome. I just love books like that! Don't you?
What is your favorite read aloud at Christmas time? I would love to hear about the book or books that are must reads for you.