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Books to help families enjoy reading aloud

"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children."
        Becoming a Nation of Readers

Books for Parents

Codell, Esme Raji. How to get your child to love reading. J 028.55 Cod/Parent's Shelf

Odean, Kathleen. Great Books for Babies and Toddlers. J028.162 Ode/Parent's Shelf (also for Girls and Boys)

Oppenheim, Joanne. Choosing Books for Kids. J 028.5 Opp/Parent's Shelf

Trelease, Jim. The read-aloud handbook. J 372.45 Tre/Parent's Shelf

Books to Share with Infants & Toddlers

Barton, Byron. The Three Bears. (Barton has several colorfully illustrated books) JE

Bauer, Marion Dane. Toes, Ears & Nose

Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. JE/ Board

Cousins, Lucy. Maisy series. JE & JE/Board

Hutchins, Pat. Titch. JE (author has several books)

Isadora, Rachel. Peek-a-boo Morning. JE

Katz, Karen. Where is baby's belly button?

Lindgren, Barbro. Sam's Cookie. JE

Martin, Bill. Chicka Chicka ABC. JE/Board

McBratney, Sam. Guess how much I love you. JE & JE/Board

Murphy, Mary. Caterpillar's Wish. JE

Oxenbury, Helen. Tickle Tickle. JE/Board

Watanabe, Shigeo. How Do I Put It On? JE

Wellington, Monica. Bunny's Rainbow Day. JE/Board

Ziefert, Harriet. Noisy Barn. JE/Board

Books to Share with Preschoolers

Asch, Frank. Popcorn. JE

Brown, Margaret Wise. Big Red Barn. JE & JE/Board

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. JE

Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. JE

Crews, Nina. The Neighborhood Mother Goose. J 398.8 Nei

DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona. JE

Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia. JE

Falconer, Ian. Olivia. JE & JE/Board

Fox, Mem. Hattie and the Fox. JE (author has several books)

Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen. JE (author has several books)

Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. JE

Hoban, Lillian. Bread and Jam for Frances. JE

Keats, Ezra Jack. A Letter for Amy. JE

Lewis, Kevin. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo. JE & JE/Board

Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. JE

Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. JE

Steig, William. Pete's a Pizza. JE

Wood, Audrey. The Napping House. JE & JE/Board (author has several books)

Zimmerman, Andrea. Trashy Town. JE

Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog. JE

Books to Share with Older Readers

Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard. Fic J & PB/J

Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona. Fic J & PB/J

Clements, Andrew. Frindle. Fic J & PB/J

Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Fic J & PB/J

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. Fic J & PB/J

Edwards, Julie Andrews. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. PB/J

Fitzgerald, John. The Great Brain. Fic J & PB/J

Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. Fic J & PB/J

George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. Fic J & PB/J

Juster, Norman. The Phantom Tollbooth. Fic J & PB/J

Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Fic J & PB/J

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. Fic J & PB/J

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Fic J & PB/J

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. Fic J & PB/J

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. Fic J & PB/J

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah Plain and Tall. Fic J & PB/J

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody. Fic J/Younger & PB/J

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. Fic J & PB/J

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. Fic J

Paterson, Katharine. Lyddie. Fic J & PB/J

Peck, Robert Newton. Soup and Me. Fic J

Rylant, Cynthia. Missing May. Fic J & PB/J (Newbery Award book, story deals with grief and death)

Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories From Wayside School. Fic J & PB/J

Spinelli, Jerry. The Library Card. Fic J & PB/J

White, E.B. Charlotte's Web. Fic J & PB/J


A PDF version of this list can be downloaded here (340 KB).

Prepared by Beth Kerrigan,
Coordinator of Children's Services
March 2004

Last updated: February 28, 2013
URL: http://www.mhl.org/kids/parents/readaloud.htm
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