Previously I had not watched many videotaped readalouds. Reading aloud at the library is what I do, and the PK library has lots of great books, so I did not see a need for others' readings of books.
Things are rather different now! I now know 1) there are lots of videotaped readalouds, 2) they vary in style and quality, 3) most are of older books--not many brand-new titles are available yet, and 4) making these videos is kind of hard, especially if you are camera-shy, like I am!
This week I selected videotaped Weekly Readalouds for each grade level. I see no reason why a student couldn't watch the choices for other grades. If you click the little "cc" at the bottom of the video screen, captions are displayed, which would make for good reading practice. Right now, I plan to put up Weekly Readalouds videos for each week during the school closure. This week's theme is Women's History Month, which is March.
In looking for women's history books to share with you, I came upon this Goodreads Listopia list: 90+ Women's History Month Picture Book Titles. A word about Goodreads: I really enjoy Goodreads, which allows me to keep track of my reading and displays readers' ratings of books. However, I do not recommend you sign up your children on Goodreads or allow children to peruse it without parental oversight. Goodreads is intended for grownups, and its content is not screened for suitability for children. So the list 90+ Women's History Month Picture Book Titles is for you, parents, so you can find books that might interest your children.
If we were at school, I would have read a few women's history picture books that are new in our collection. Of these, a favorite is What Miss Mitchell Saw, written by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Diana Sudyka. I did not find any videotaped readings of it yet. Miss Mitchell is available as an ebook from the LA County library system (our local Manhattan Beach public library is in that system). Click on the image below to go to that ebook record, and likewise for other images--they have links to the ebook catalog records, where you can check them out to read digitally.
If you aren't using ebooks yet, give it a try! It's really pretty easy, and you can get an Instant Digital Card if you don't have library card. One little courtesy tip: return your ebooks (there's a place to click "return" if you look at the checkout on your account) as soon as you are done with them. Looking at an ebook is not like looking at a website, which countless people can do at one time. An ebook is like a physical copy: only one patron at a time can use a copy. For more ebook info see my last blog post, just below.