Read Aloud Tuesdays Resumes


“Mrs. Hembree, what’s the new read aloud book?”
“Are you starting today?”
“We’re going to choose it?”
“Wow, okay, I’ll be there! Still at noon, right? Still on Tuesdays?”


On Tuesday, the Read Aloud Club Kids chose Bigger Than a Bread Box as their next choice for me to read during our read aloud recesses.

Bigger Than a Bread Box is the story of 12 year old Rebecca who is forced to move to her grandmother’s house in Atlanta with her mom and little brother while her mom tries to figure out her marriage. Dad is back in Baltimore along with all of her friends and everything she’s ever known.

Rebecca is angry, confused and alone when she finds a magic box in the attic of her grandmother’s house. A box that delivers her wishes. Like better jeans, and a new watch and new tennis shoes. She gets everything she wants, except her dad. Is having stuff enough to make Rebecca feel happy again? We will read Bigger Than a Bread Box to find out!

Watch the book trailer by Lily, age 12 who made the trailer with a Canon SD 1300 Digital Elph camera and iMovie.


But wait there’s more!

The kindergarten-3rd grade students are starting Read Aloud Tuesdays too! From 12:30-12:55, Mrs. Hembree will be reading a chapter book to the younger students. We have something for everyone in the cold, wet, wintery months!


The men and older boys always go on a Dragonquest each year, but Darek is still too young to go. When they come back with a Great Blue, the largest and fiercest of all the dragons,Β Darek discovers a baby dragonling in the Great Blue’s pouch. He decides to take the dragonling back to the fearsome Valley of the Dragons.

Dragonling is a moving and adventureful fantasy story, perfect for younger readers. It is my personal favorite for introducing readers to the fantasy genre.

So, remember, come on Tuesdays to the library for your chance to get out of the rainy, cold outside and into a world of books!


What would you wish for if you had a magic bread box?

What is the best book you’ve ever heard?



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15 thoughts on “Read Aloud Tuesdays Resumes

  1. Hi Mrs Hembree

    I can’t think of anything better to do on a cold winter’s day at lunchtime than go to the library and listen to a story! (I was planning to do something similar this year as part of our National Year of Reading.)

    Do the students get to bring their own cushion or pillow to snuggle up with as they listen to you read? (As long as they don’t fall asleep and snore!)

    Happy reading…

    Miss Y πŸ™‚

    • Dear Miss Y,
      How nice to hear from you? Are you enjoying your summer break in Australia where it’s hopefully warm and sunny?
      Our students do not bring their own pillows. If they come early enough, I have some big ones they can use on the floor. We also have a couch that fits a couple extra people. After that, our readers have to choose the floor or a chair!
      It’s really fun to be inside out of the cold and listen to a story. We have been quite busy! So far, luckily, nobody has fallen asleep and snored!
      Mrs. Hembree

  2. Hi Mrs Hembree

    I have had some friends from Brisbane staying with me and I have been very busy taking them shopping, eating out and exploring around Melbourne. We had a few really hot summer days last week when the temperature reached 40c! Luckily it has been cooler this week.

    I should try to bottle some sunshine and send it your way…

    I just had another look at the movie trailer for “Bigger than a Breadbox”. It’s very simple, creative and effective. Are you going to do try making book trailers with your students this year?

    Miss Y πŸ™‚

    • Dear Miss Y,
      It sounds like incredible weather! It rarely gets that hot in Seattle. Two years ago, it reached 104F and we were ally miserable. Most homes here don’t have airconditioning because it’s rarely needed. Every morning I had to wet down my big, black, hairy dog with water, and then have him spend the day in our basement where it’s cooler. Luckily, it only lasted a few days.

      Yes, I am going to try making booktrailers with my students. First my 4th graders are going to make a book ad using Wordle. Then they are going to make a book trailer. It should be fun! Have you ever tried it?

      Mrs. Hembree

  3. Dear Mrs Hembree,

    Have just arrived home the other day and thought I better get back into checking out my favourite blogs!

    I really enjoyed reading your post on Read aloud. I think it is an awesome thing to do. Only wish I was in your group as I would love to hear you read out aloud.

    Now if I had a magic bread box I would wish for you to come down under for a visit.
    Happy reading Mrs Hembree.

    From your friend down under,
    AA. πŸ™‚

    • Dear AA,
      You know exactly how to make me smile in the morning! If I had a magic breadbox, I would be flying there too! The good news is that I am saving my pennies to that very trip! It may take me a year to save enough, but that trip is certainly on my horizon. Did you know that I will be meeting Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Yollis in June? We are both going to the same conference in San Diego, California! I can’t wait to meet them both!

      I hope you enjoyed your trip away from home. Did you see anything fun while you were away?

      Your librarian friend,
      Mrs. Hembree

  4. @ Mrs Hembree,

    Thank you for writing back to me.
    You, made me smile too when I read your comment. Hopefully one day soon we will meet which would be just awesome. Was planning a trip to the USA for my 50th but have left my run abit late as my birthday is on the 28th of January.

    Mrs Morris told me that she will be meeting you and Mrs Yollis. I think this is just wonderful. You won’t have to wait long as June will be here before you know it. πŸ™‚

    Yes we did have a lovely time awayas we do it every year. I would go as far as say it is a family tradition. As my younger sisiter and hubby and two girls anda family friend all go away. It really is a wonderful time as we tend to sit around the pool and eat out every single night.
    Only trouble is that time seems to fly rather fast when your having fun.

    Take care from your pal,

    • Dear AA,
      Am I reading this correctly? You might be joining the 50 club on Jan 28th? I can speak with some experience that it’s a great number. I think Linda Yollis would agree with me as well!
      It sounds like you had a lovely time on your vacation out of town. I love going places. It doesn’t really matter where, but my preference is either the ocean or the mountains! What is your favorite place to go?
      Your 50+ pal,
      Mrs. Hembree

  5. Dear Mrs Hembree,

    Jackie French is another one of my favourite author. I have got a book called Stories to eat with a Watermelon which sounds very funny.

    I watched the trailer of Bigger than a Bread box and it looked really interesting.

    The trailer was very creative with all the different pictures she used.

    The book I am reading is called Water Horse it is about a boy called Angus and his sister Kristy find a egg and they put the egg in the bath tub which over the next day the egg turns into a sea monster and the sea monster keeps growing and growing. I have to keep reading on to see what happens.

    From your pal,

    • Dear BB,
      I have never heard of Water Horse, but it sure sounds like an interesting book! I hope with sea monsters it will be more funny than scary. I don’t really like scary books at all. They give me nightmares. Scary movies, too!
      Did you see the girl who made the booktrailer is only 12 years old? I thought it was pretty extraordinary. I have nver used iMovie, but she sure seems to know what to do with the program! It was like stop-action, and I have no idea how to do that! I did love it though.
      Right now I am listening in my car to Call of Courage, a classic story about a boy who lives in the south sea islands and gets stranded on an island with his dog and nothing else. I like listening to books because it makes my drive to work and back a lot more intersting. Have you ever listened to a book on a CD?
      Enjoy your day!
      Mrs. Hembree

      • Dear Mrs Hembree,
        Thank you for replying back to me.

        The book Water Horse is a sad story but don’t worry Mrs Hembree it is not a scary book. Another book I am reading is Justin Bieber the book is about Justin Bieber’s life.

        I sure did see the girl who made the booktrailer I found it amazing and I know I could not have did that.

        I have not heard or read the book Call of Courage.

        Maybe mum and I could buy a CD to listen to when driving in the car.


        • Dear Bianca,
          It’s hard to read sad stories in the summer. That’s when I light to read happy and funny stories. I bet you could find Call of Courage at your library in town. Do you have public libraries where they have cd’s you can borrow?
          Justin Bieber is such a popular star! I don’t envy his life. I think it would be hard to be so famous. You couldn’t even go out to have a snack in a restaurant without people bothering you. I couldn’t handle that. I like my privacy too much. What about you? Would you be able to handle the life of a pop star?
          Mrs. Hembree

  6. @ Mrs Hembree,

    Yes you are correct I will be 50 coming the 28th of January. It’s funny I really haven’t thought about it. After all it is just a number. Was going to do a number of things to celebrate but have decided to keep it very low key.

    Like you I like to get away each year as when we do get away it is up the high country which is just beautiful.

    If you don’t hear from me please don’t worry as my computer is playing up again πŸ™ as it take ages to load. If I get time will ring up someone today and ask what is going on.

    Thank you for making me feel good about turning 50. You really know how to make my day Mrs Hembree. πŸ™‚

    From your pal who is nearly 50,

  7. Hello! I am a new librarian at our elementary school and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading all the information on your blog! I was wondering how you choose who comes to Read Aloud Tuesday. We do not have time to read aloud during our class visits and I have been trying to find a way to work it into the day. Thank you for such great information.

    • Dear Ms. Judson,

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on our blog! We love visitors!

      Our Read Aloud Tuesdays are popular in the winter when it’s cold and rainy. I do it during our longer recess at noon and anyone can come to sit and listen. It is an option for students who don’t want to go outside at recess. My only rule is that if you come, you must stay, sit quietly and listen. No computers or quiet conversations.
      I have done shorter chapter books, but you could read whatever your audience wants of course.

      Let me know how it goes if you try it out!
      Mrs. Hembree

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