Read Aloud

Outdoor Dude: Mountain Goats Ate My Shorts

Chapter 1 — Cliffhanger     Chapter 2Cow Pie     Chapter 3 — Due for a Shredding   Chapter 4 —  Crummy Little Flower   Chapter 5 Giant Squirrels     Chapter 6 —  Zorro    Chapter 7Dessert from the Sky    Chapter 8Frijoles Firing Big Time     Chapter 9Something’s Out There     Chapter 10 Almost Yakking    Chapter 11Mule Train     Chapter 12Milkshake    Chapter 13 Bear Sighting    Chapter 14Pit of Carkoom   Chapter 15 — Stab-Step     Chapter 16 — Extinction    Chapter 17 — Wash Out               Chapter 18 — You Da Man    Chapter 19 —  Rocks


The Twits Part 1 — We’ll start each section in Zoom every day. You’ll want to finish each section here. I want you to follow along with your eyes, both in Zoom and when I’m reading aloud. You need to download the text in Classroom.

The Twits Part 2

The Twits Part 3

The Twits Part 4

The Twits Part 5

The Twits Part 6 — The Conclusion


The Witches Ch. 1 — A Note About Witches

The Witches Ch. 2 –– My Grandma

The Witches Ch. 3 — How to Recognize a Witch (note: the last 20 seconds were cut off, but I’ll include them with Chapter 4 tomorrow.)

The Witches Ch. 4 — The Grand High Witch

The Witches Chapter 5 — The Summer Holidays

The Witches Chapter 6 — The Meeting

The Witches Chapter 7 — Frizzled Like a Fritter

The Witches Chapter 8 –Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-maker

The Witches Chapter 9 – The Recipe (note: the last 20 seconds got cut off again; I’ll include them in chapter 10 tomorrow).

The Witches Chapter 10 –Bruno Jenkins Disappears

The Witches Ch. 11 — The Ancient Ones

The Witches Ch. 12 — Metamorphosis

The Witches Ch. 13 — Bruno

The Witches Ch. 14 — Hello Grandmamma (Part 1)

The Witches Ch. 15 — Hello Grandmamma (Part 2)

The Witches Ch 16 — The Mouse Burglar

The Witches Ch. 17 — Bruno Meets His Parents

The Witches Ch. 18 — The Plan

The Witches Ch. 19 — The Kitchen Part 1

The Witches Ch. 20 — The Kitchen Part 2 (The last twenty seconds got cut off…I’ll tack it on Monday’s chapter.)

The Witches Chapter 21 — Mr. Jenkins and His Son

The Witches Chapter 22 — The Triumph ( a fancy word for victory)

The Witches Chapter 23 — The Heart of a Mouse

The Witches — Conclusion (Thursday!)


Roald Dahl’s Guide to Railway Safety

About My Father by Ophelia Dahl

Roald Dahl’s Boy: Tales of Childhood Part 1: The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop.

Part 2: The Great Mouse Plot

Part 3: Mr. Coombes

Part 4: Mrs. Pratchett’s Revenge

Part 5: A Visit to the Doctor

Part 6: Boarding School

Part 7: The Matron

Part 8: Tweedie

Part 9: Homesickness

Part 10: A Drive in a Motor Car

Part 11: Captain Hardcastle

Part 12: Little Ellis & the Boil

Part 13: Goat’s Tobacco

Part 14: Chocolates

Part 15: Corkers

Going Solo: The Black Mamba

Going Solo: Simba

Going Solo: The Green Mamba


Here’s one of my favorite picture books: How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen. It’s a crazy story about a kid who likes to fool around.

Here’s the sequel to How Tom Beat Captain Najork. It’s called A Near Thing for Captain Najork. After the Captain gets himself in a bit of a fix, Aunt Fidget Wonkham Strong must arm wrestle the headmistress of the girls’ boarding school for his affections. Fun!

In honor of Wild West Week, here’s Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley, one of my all-time favorite picture books. It’s about a runaway orphan and the sheriff who done “saved” her. And here is the sequel, Raising Sweetness, which is about how Sweetness finds the sheriff a wife.

Leghorn by Watt Key–Wally was happy to have a new rooster in the yard, until he became convinced the rooster wanted to kill him.