12 'My Story' Read Alouds
Books about BEGINNINGS
Tell Me a Story, Mama
A young girl and her mother remember together all the girl’s favorite stories about her mother’s childhood.
Tell Me a Tattoo Story
A father tells his young son the story behind each of his tattoos.
The Keeping Quilt
Traces the history of a quilt made from bits of Polacco’s ancestors’ clothing connecting generations from one to the next.
Ellington Was Not a Street
The poet recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there.
Books about OBSTACLES
Mr. Particular: the world’s choosiest champion
This superhero is super picky: he says NO to nearly everything. When his friends in the Super-Duper Group finally get fed up with his fussiness, can Mr. Particular prove that even the super-squeamish can save the day?
A Friend for Mole
An accidental encounter throws Mole and Wolf together. One is afraid of the light, the other is afraid of the dark. Together they learn that friends are all they need to conquer their fears.
Flip & Fin: We rule the school!
Flip, a sandshark, practices all week for Joke Day at school, but when the time comes and faces a big crowd, Flip freezes until his twin brother, Fin, comes to the rescue.
Chris love pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem- at night, he’s afreaid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. (Inspired by the childhood story of astronaut Chris Hadfield.)
Books about HOPE
The story of one girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village.
Brothers in Hope
8 year old Garang, orphan from the Sudan civil war, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia and Kenya before being offered sanctuary in the United States.
Harvesting Hope: story of Cesar Chavez
From the age of 10 when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch to age 38 when he lead a peaceful protest against California migrant workers’ miserable working conditions, Cesar Chavez was a leader of hope.
If You Plant a Seed
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness and hope.