Read Aloud Hall of Fame #15: GROOVY JOE: DINOSAURS AND ICE CREAM by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
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.
Groovy Joe: Dinosaurs and Ice Cream by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Some books have that read aloud magic, you know? I don’t know what it is exactly – maybe it’s the characters, maybe it’ the rhyme, maybe it’s the sing along sections – but every time I pull out this book and begin reading, every kid’s face turns into the smile emoji 😀.
Does the story structure remind me quite a bit of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (which Litwin also wrote)? Yes.
Does it matter? Not when the read aloud experience is this much fun. A guaranteed winner every time.
Read Aloud Tip:
Do yourself a favor and listen to the Groovy Joe song first – it’s great (and I basically do an impression of the song when I read the book aloud).
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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