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Read aloud books for first graders

Get cozy and start a reading adventure with these read-together favorites.

By Hank Pellissier

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Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan
By E. B. White, illustrated by Fred Marcellino

Louis the swan is born with a disability — he has no "HONK!" He learns to communicate via a brass trumpet that his father steals from a music store, then a human friend, Sam, teaches him to read and write. Uplifting, exciting tale of love and courage, with old-fashioned sepia illustrations.

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Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.