Ok, there are SO MANY ways in which my tweeps rock. For reals, if any librarian or aspiring librarian asked me what ONE thing they should do professionally I’d say “Get active on twitter.” So many fabulous people to meet and great brains to tap.
Tuesday I was stumped for 3rd grade read alouds. I mean stumped. The only titles that popped into my head were checked out (and not really exciting me anyway-Alexander by Viorst and Strega Nona by DePaola, True Story of the Three Little Pigs (that one excited me but it was gone)).
So, I turned to twitter.
My plea for help
What’s your favorite story to read to 3rd graders? Having a mental jam.
Guess how many replies I got? 12 librarians. With 30 different title suggestions! In half a day! Amazing!
These are the titles they suggested, in case you ever find yourself needing them (in no particular order):
The Stupids by Harry Allard
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (like Fresca!)
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Vote For Me! by Ben Clanton
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea (who is also on twitter and really funny)
Crankee Doodle (3 people suggested this one!) by Tom Angleberger
I Scream, Ice Cream by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
Pancakes for Supper by Anne Isaacs
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson (We had this one, hooray! They loved it, hooray!)
Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell
Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff (book talked it-it was too long for my tastes, but they liked looking at it)
The Dirty Cowboy by Andy Timberlake
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
Guess Again by Mac Barnett (Had it, read it, they LOVED it!)
The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman
Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop by Jef Czekaj
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach
Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley
Moral of the story: get on twitter and make some friends. You won’t be sorry. Also, don’t procrastinate like me. It’s bad.