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Read Aloud #2-The Book With No Pictures

March is Read Aloud Month, so to support that I am sharing some of the read alouds that my kiddos and I love.

My first read aloud review was a Dr. Seuss classic, so I decided to stay on the funny book train with my next selection– The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. This book was first introduced to my daughter early last year by her 1st grade teacher, and not long afterwards we saw it in Barnes and Noble and she just had to have it.  At the time, I had seen the book before, but I had never actually took the time to open it.

Once we got the book home, she pretended as if there was some big secret that I was about to be let in on and she actually could not wait until bedtime so we could read it. Me, being the unassuming adult who was convinced this could not be that big a deal, was not concerned at all (but secretly thrilled about my child being so excited about bedtime). I mean, this is the cover of the book– how bad could it be?


Well, my girl was giggling as soon as I opened the book and laughed through the ENTIRE thing. Without giving the whole book away, author B.J. Novak (yes, the same actor that was on The Office) has decided that if there are no pictures, the reader (that would be you), has to read whatever words are on the page.  And trust me, there are some silly words, noises, phrases, everything but pictures, on the pages. Here’s a sneak preview of what will have to come out of your mouth while reading:

Yep, really. Not even a real word.


One of the other reasons I selected this read aloud to highlight, was not only was it funny then, but its still funny now. It has been over a year since we purchased that book and she still cracks up whenever I read it. Every once in a while, when its bedtime and we’re not in the middle of a chapter book, she’ll slip this book behind her back and bust it out with a cheesy smile on her face. Now I’ll be honest, its not my favorite book by any means, but I’ll play up my fear/distaste of reading the book, mostly because it makes her want to hear me read it even more.  I’ll go to any lengths (almost) to make sure my children enjoy reading, even if that means making silly noises. A few weeks ago I even visited and read it to her 2nd grade class, and again, even though a good chunk of them had heard it before, they were nearly in hysterics.  I mean really, I don’t get it, but maybe I would if I was 8?

If you don’t mind looking silly and want a funny book for your child, I recommend this one. Also, side note, getting book recommendations from your child’s teacher or asking your child what the teacher has been reading in class can help if you’re stumped trying to find a new book to read. As for me, next time I’ll read the back before I buy:



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Read Aloud #1- Dr. Seuss, of course!

As I mentioned in this week’s earlier post, since March is Read Aloud month, I want to share some of my favorite read alouds to help anyone who is #RaisingReaders and add to their bedtime book arsenal. Since my school district and hundreds of others had Read Across America events celebrating Dr. Seuss this week, why not start with one of my favorites from that classic author?

Read Aloud #1…


I know, I know, its not Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in the Hat, or even Oh, the Places You Will Go!, but I think it’s still a good one.

In this story, our main character Marvin is not ready to “go”, and throughout the simply worded rhyming book, he’s told to go in many different ways, by whomever needs him to leave.  Although we never are explicitly told where he needs to go, many assume Marvin needs to go to bed.

I picked this particular book because 1) any Dr. Seuss book is almost always a good read aloud. 2) I LOVED this book when I was a child, so it makes my read aloud that much more joyful to share with my children. Now to be honest, I can not for the life of me remember why I enjoyed this book so much, so I even texted my mom to see if she remembered, and her only response was, “rhythm?”, which was not really helpful. However, every time I see the cover of this book I get a smile on my face.

So even if you’re not into this particular book or if you think your child is too old for it, hopefully it still sparked some ideas for you. If you’re ever struggling to come up with titles to read with your child, try reflecting on what books you remember fondly as a child, like I did with Marvin, and choose some of those. I know, you may be concerned about how old the books you loved as a child might be, and if that would keep your child from enjoying it. However, my daughter loved Marvin K. Mooney, and it was published in 1972! Also, chances are many of the books you enjoyed may be considered classics, and those are usually pretty timeless. When all else fails, grab a book by Dr. Seuss!

Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book? Feel free to share it in the comments below!