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November, 2010

Dear Literacy Place for the Early Years Teacher,

This month's teaching tip is a continuation from the October tip which dealt with the answer to the question: Are there other Read Aloud texts that could be used to teach each comprehension strategy?

For texts that are particularly useful when teaching the strategies of predicting, inferring, evaluating, and synthesizing, see the charts below.

Again, don't forget to check the titles listed under the 'Additional Resources' section in the Read Aloud Teaching Plans. Most of these books continue the theme or topic introduced in the original Read Aloud plus they would be useful for modelling purposes. Try to vary the type of text you share with students by including fiction, non-fiction, and info-fiction materials.





Colin McNaughton

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Charles Shaw

100th Day Worries

Margery Cuyler

Hooway for Wodney Wat

Helen Lester

The Best Vacation Ever

Stuart J. Murphy

Bugs (Look Closer)

Sue Malyan

The Magic Hat

Mem Fox


Becky Bloom

The Napping House

Audrey Wood

Cat Heaven

Cynthia Rylant

Tiger Called Thomas

Charlotte Zolotow




Oliver Button is a Sissy

Tomie dePaola


Julie Brinckloe

If You Listen

Charlotte Zolotow

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Judith Viorst

In a Small, Small Pond

Denise Fleming

Anna Banana and Me

Lenore Blegvad


Don Freeman

Charlie Anderson

Barbara Abercrombie

Fly Away Home

Eve Bunting

Miss Maggie

Cynthia Rylant

Hattie and the Fox

Mem Fox

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Mark Teague

Winter Fox

Catherine Stock

Something Beautiful

Sharon Dennis Wyeth




Noisy Nora

Rosemary Wells

No David!

David Shannon

David Goes to School

David Shannon

David Gets in Trouble

David Shannon

When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry

Molly Bang

The Paperboy

Dav Pilkey

Brian's Bird

Patricia A. Davis

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka


Judith Viorst

Super Completely and Totally the Messiest

Judith Viorst




The Alphabet Tree

Leo Lionni

A Color of His Own

Leo Lionni

Oliver Button is a Sissy

Tomie dePaola

The Lazy Bear

Brian Wildsmith

Frederick's Fables

Leo Lionni

The Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister

The Rag Coat

Lauren Mills

Charlie Needs a Cloak

Tomie dePaola


Arnold Lobel

See the Ocean

Estelle Condra

The Wednesday Surprise

Eve Bunting

Jim and the Beanstalk

Raymond Briggs

Somewhere in the World Right Now

Stacey Schuett

Night of the Moonjellies

Mark Shasha

Happy teaching,
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Sue Jackson
National Literacy Consultant
Scholastic Education Canada