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Monthly Read Alouds & SEL Character Pillars

Each month, Dr. Quinn, Dr. Polychronakos and Mr. Coniglione will read a book to elementary school students based on that month's character pillar. The overall theme, "Choose Kindness, Be Mindful" is incorporated into the books that have been chosen for each read aloud.


September 2023

"The Good Egg"
Written by John Jory
Illustrated by Pete Oswald

The Good Egg

Character Pillar: Self-Awareness
September Read Aloud Video

December 2023

"The Big Umbrella"
Written and Illustrated by Amy June Bates
Co-written with Juniper Bates

The Big Umbrella

Character Pillar: Caring
December Read Aloud Video

March 2024

"Mae Among the Stars"
Written by Roda Ahmed
Illustrated by Stasia Burrington

Mae Among the Stars

Character Pillar: Perseverance
March Read Aloud Video

June 2024

"The Boy Who Wouldn't Share"
Written by Mike Reiss
Illustrated by David Catrow

The Boy Who WOuldn;t Share

Character Pillar: Fairness
June Read Aloud Video

October 2023

"Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun"
Written by Maria Dismondy
Illustrated by Kim Shaw

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Character Pillar: Respect
October Read Aloud Video

January 2024

"Waiting is Not Easy"
Written and Illustrated by
Mo Willems

Waiting Is Not Easy

Character Pillar: Caring
January Read Aloud Video

April 2024

"Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big"
Written and Illustrated by Berkley Breathed

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Character Pillar: Trustworthy
April Read Aloud Video

November 2023

"The Curious Garden"
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden

Character Pillar: Citizenship
November Read Aloud Video

February 2024

Written and Illustrated by
Sarah McIntrye


Character Pillar: Empathy
February Read Aloud Video

May 2024

"It Wasn't My Fault"
Written by Helen Lester
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Character Pillar: Responsibility
May Read Aloud Video