Ah Spring, the season of tulips, tree leaves, and test taking. One way to make those test days more bearable is to insert a little reading fun. Pull out any of these fun books to read between sessions and your kids may start begging for testing days!
No it’s not Christmas – but this book is funny all year long.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
Many of your kids will have seen this movie, but as usual – the book is so much better.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather, which came three times a day–at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Life for the townspeople was delicious until the miraculous food weather took a turn for the worse. The food got larger and larger, and so did the portions. The flood of huge food caused chaos, and the people feared for their lives. Something had to be done . . . before it was too late!
For the older students pull out
Spiders in the Hairdo – Modern Urban legends by David Holt.
This book has both funny, scary, and gross stories that will keep your students begging for more. They are short enough that you can read one or two as a short test break. It also makes a fun discussion about what legends they have heard.