With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to put in my votes for great Halloween read-alouds for preschoolers. These are my current favorites to read to Eyrleigh and Rylynn and I'm planning on bringing them along to E's preschool class party on Monday. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson has all the qualities of a great preschool read-aloud. It has a wonderful rhyming cadence and a repetative story that is easy for young children to follow. There is even a "group participation" posibility if you want the kids to pipe up as the broom "whoosh"es away.
Last year I bought The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills from the Scholastic Book Fair. Sung to the tune of the more traditional "Wheels on the Bus", this story is a great one for preschoolers and a reader who can sing. Using the numbers one through ten and Halloween themed bus "parts" and riders, the whole class can sing and act out this story together. This one is great for a party where sitting and listening just isn't in the cards. The kids can sing, wiggle, and make all the silly noises they want and still be a part of the activity.
These are just 4 great read-alouds and I hope to find a few more in time for the preschool party next year! Reading other reviewers, I think I need to find In The Haunted House by Eve Bunting and Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming. Have a great week reading to your kids!