Read Aloud Book List #1

Read-Aloud Booklist and More

Recently a friend suggested that I buy, The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease.  This is a great book for explaining why it is so important to read aloud to kids, and it also contains many lists and book descriptions for read-alouds.  Over the next few months, I will try to add one list per month from this book.  In this post you will also see a list of recommended books from Rhoda Haberman, one of our Oakland members.

“We read to children for all of the same reasons we talk to children:  to reassure, to entertain, to bond, to inform, to explain, to arouse curiosity, to inspire.  But in reading aloud, we also:

  • condition the child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure;
  • create background knowledge;
  • build vocabulary;
  • provide a reading model.

(The Read-Aloud Handbook, p.4)

Picture Books

Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney,  Grades 2-5

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, Grades K and up

All About Alfie by Shirley Hughes, PreS-1

Arthur’s Chicken Pox (series) by Marc Brown, PreS-1

Aunt Minnie McGranahan by Mary Skillings Prigger, Grades K-2

Baby Brains by Simon James, PreS-1

Baby in a Basket by Gloria Rand, Grades K-2

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward, Grades K-3

Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen, Grades 1-4

The Book of Beasts by E. Nesbit, Grades K-2

Brave Irene by William Steig, Grades K-5

Bridget and the Gray Wolves by Pija Lindenbaum, PreS-K

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., PreS-K

Captain Abdul’s Pirate School by Colin McNaughton, Grades 1-5

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, Grades K-3

Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto, Grades K-2

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider, PreS-K

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, Grades PreS-5

Recommendations from Rhoda Haberman:

Beginners:  Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Go Dogs Go by Dr. Seuss

Slightly more advanced:

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak

Bink and Gollie by Kate Di Camillo

Mercy Watson by Kate Di Camillo

Amanda and her Alligator by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon… by Mo Willems

Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World by John Burningham

It’s A Secret by John Burningham

Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Nate the Great and the Missing Key by Marjorie Sharmat

Big Max, The World’s Greatest Detective by Kin Platt


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Experience Corps Bay Area recruits and trains adults 50+ to tutor and mentor elementary school children, with a focus on K-3 literacy.
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