This was the first year that I’ve read The One and Only Ivan with my students. This wonderful story by Katherine Applegate immediately captured our hearts. I cried at least 3 times while trying to read it aloud. My 24 fifth graders were known to shed some tears also. I’d definitely recommend this book as a read-aloud for students in grades four through eight. If you want a real emotional treat, don’t read ahead of your students. I knew from the experiences of people I trust that this book was exceptional. Discovering its magic along with my students was part of our joy.
This was the Discovery Ed DENbrarian selection for April 2013, so there is an awesome collection of resources already pinned on Pinterest.
Check out Katherine Applegate’s sharing on Global Read Aloud Day!