Read Aloud Hall of Fame (#2): MONSTERS GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Aaron Zenz
You need a book. A can’t miss book. A read aloud that will cast a wide net and pull everyone in. This is the idea behind The 100 Scope Notes Read Aloud Hall of Fame.
In each post I’ll share a read aloud that has never let me down. Some will be obvious and popular. Others lesser-known. All will be story time gold.
Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz
Honestly, this book is the reason I decided to do the Read Aloud Hall of Fame series. Because I would hate for anyone who shares books with kids to miss Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz.
Some books are great read alouds because they are great stories. But the genius of Monsters Go Night-Night is that it needs an audience – it’s made for sharing with a group.
How do monsters get ready for bed? Each spread provides four choices – three you might expect, and one that’s off the wall. The unexpected choice is always correct, until the end, when things get turned on their heads.
Read aloud side note: I have a lot of fun asking students to raise their hand to vote for which choice they think is correct on each spread.
The perfect combination of silliness and subverted expectations. If you don’t have this book in your read aloud arsenal, what are you even doing?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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