Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Read-Aloud Favorites

* Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

Here are my 10 favorite read-alouds. If a child has been coming to my programs for a few years, chances are, they’ve heard some of these several times.

1.) I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

2.) The Great Sheep Shenanigans by Peter Bently

The Great Sheep Shenanigans

3.) How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

4.) The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

The Book with No Pictures

5.) Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint

6.) Giggle, Giggle, QUACK by Doreen Cronin

Giggle, Giggle, Quack

7.) The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

8.) Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems


Note: I can read Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too to a group.  I CANNOT read Knuffle Bunny Free because I will turn into a sobbing mess.

9.) That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems

That Is Not a Good Idea!

10.) Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


What are your favorites to share aloud?


Stay for the Food: Miss Julie’s Chicken and Noodles

Winter has finally arrived in Indiana!

I hate cold.

Thankfully, I will have a crock-pot  full of yummy chicken and noodles to keep me and the Tiny Human warm.  This recipe comes from one of the Tiny Human’s teachers, Miss Julie (bless this woman and her patience).

This could not be a simpler recipe and it feeds an army.  Or me for a solid week.

Miss Julie’s Chicken and Noodles
-3-4 chicken breasts
-1 stick butter, sliced
-2 cans cream of chicken soup
-42oz chicken broth
-10-12oz bag egg noodles

Place the chicken, butter, cream of chicken soup,  and the broth in a crock-pot.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, remove chicken from the crock-pot and shred.  Return shredded chicken to the crock-pot and add the noodles.  Cover and cook on low for an hour or until noodles are done.

Do you have any cold weather food favorites?