It's an old one, but when I read it today my kidlets were enthralled. The Elephant carries the Bad Baby all through the town, collecting up treats (without asking!) and and various store owners along the way. When their journey (rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta!) finishes, the Elephant is very concerned that the Bad Baby never once said please! Don't worry, it all ends happily when they have tea with the Bad Baby's mummy. I don't read it as well as Funny John did, I'm sure, but I still try to make my voice sound just like his each time the Bad Baby says "Yes!" :)
It struck me as I was reading that if I remember this story so well many years later, my kidlets will be absorbing each story that I read to them and (hopefully!) being affected by them as much as I was. Remembering the language, the expression, the repetitive patterns, the images....
If you're searching for a few new read alouds to share with your kidlets here's a few of my favourites:
If you don't know this book you might think this one is mean, so here's a page from inside so you get a better idea!
And the list could go on, and on, and on, and on....! I read at least one story to my kidlets each day - more if I have time - and they love listening to and talking about all of them. What are your favourite read alouds? I'd love to have a few new ones to share with my class! :)