Our Favorite Books to Read Aloud

 

Reading Aloud. It’s one of the best things you can do to bond with your children, develop their imagination and moral sense, and sharpen their listening and comprehension skills.

I’m always on the lookout for wonderful books to read with my children, and I’ve been keeping a list of our favorites. Here it is for you to enjoy:

Our Favorite Books
For Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Primary Grade Children

0 – 24 months

ALPHABET, COUNTING, AND SHAPES BOOKS

Kippers A to Z,  Mick Inkpen
Sleepy ABC, Margaret Wise Brown
The Alphabet Book, P.d. Eastman
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ABC
Ten Little Lady Bugs, Melanie Garth
Ten Little Bears, Kathleen Hague
Alphabears, Kathleen Hague
I Spy Shapes in Art, Lucy Micklethwait

FLAP/ TOUCH AND FEEL BOOKS

Tails, Matthew van Fleet
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, Matthew van Fleet
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? Karen Katz
Grandma and Me, Karen Katz
Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt
My first Farm, Touch and Feel, DK publishing

LITERATURE

Tomie’s Little Mother Goose, Tomie de Paola
I Hear, Helen Oxbury
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
The Big Red Barn, Margaret Wise Brown
Good Dog, Carl and series, Alexandra Day
Guess how much I love you? Sam McBratney
Goodnight, Gorilla! Peggy Rathman
Peek-a-moo, Marie Torres Cimarusti
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? Eric Carle
The Wheels on the Bus, Raffi
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Eileen Christelow
Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb, Al Perkins
I Spy Little Animals, Jean Marzollo
Have You Seen my Duckling? Nancy Tafuri

I Love You, Little One, Nancy Tafuri
The Happy Day, Ruth Krauss
Dig, Dig, Digging, Margaret Mayo
Gossie, Olivier Dunrea
From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
Here are my Hands, Bill Martin
Which Would You Rather Be? William Steig
Cows in the Kitchen, June Crebbin

2-3 Year Olds
(in approximate order of easy to more advanced)

Down by the Station, Will Hillenbrand
Hooray for Fish! Lucy Cousins
The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister
What Makes a Rainbow? Betty Schwartz
Whose Clothes are Those? Shaheen Bilgrami
Noah’s Ark, Little Golden book
Each Peach Pear Plum, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Jamberry, Bruce Degen
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss
Silly Sally, Audrey Wood
The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper
Duck in the Truck, Jez Alborough
The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
The Gingerbread Boy, Paul Galdone
Are You my Mother? P.D Eastman
Go Dog Go! P.D. Eastman
The Foot Book, Dr. Seuss
Come Along Daisy, Jane Simmons
Prayer for a Child, Rachel Fields
Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
Hand Rhymes, Marc Brown
The Wind Blew, Pat Hutchins
The Napping House, Audrey Wood
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, Audrey Wood
One Fish, Two Fish, Dr. Seuss
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Iza Trapani
Curious George and series, H.A. Rey
Little Red Riding Hood, Candice Ransom
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Candice Ransom
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, John Burningham
Raggedy Ann – My first Raggedy Anne series, Johnny Gruelle, Ill. Jan Palmer
The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Elisa Kleven
Millions of Cats, Wanda Ga’g
Madeline, John Bemelmans
Madeline’s Rescue, John Bemelmans
Madeline Says Merci, John Bemelmans Marciano
Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
And the Cow Said “Moo”, Mildred Philips
Tikki Tikki Tembo, Arlene Mosel
Deer at the Brook, Jim Aronsky
Rabbits and Raindrops, Jim Aronsky
May I bring a friend? Beatrice De Regniers
The Most Perfect Spot, Dianne Goode
Honey… Honey…  Lion! Jan Brett
Pinkalicious, Victoria Kann
Bunnies on the Go, Rick Walton
Bunny Day, Rick Walton
Fairy went a-Marketing, Rose Fyleman
Where’s my Teddy? Jez Alborough
Little Pink Pig, Pat Hutchins
Helping, Shirley Hughes
Giving, Shirley Hughes
Jesse Bear, What will you Wear? Nancy White Carlstrom
Let’s Count it Out, Jesse Bear, Nancy White Carlstrom
On Noah’s Ark, Jan Brett
How the Elephant got its Trunk, Jean Richards
Wombat Stew, Marcia Vaughan
The Parrot Tico Tango, Ana Witte
There’s an Alligator Under my Bed, Mercer Mayer
There’s a Nightmare in my Closet, Mercer Mayer
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, Mercer Mayer
Tough Boris, Mem Fox
Space Boy, Leo Landry
Bear’s New Friend and others by Karma Wilson
The Lot at the End of my Block, Kevin Lewis
Ten Red Apples, Pat Hutchins

4 – 5 years old

Dogger, Shirley Hughes
Snow White, Rose Red, Barbara Cooney
Big Sister, Little Sister, Charlotte Zolotow
Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Lewis Stevenson
The Story about Ping, Flack & Weise
Corduroy, Don Freeman
Winnie the Pooh and series, A.A. Milne

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and others by  Beatrix Potter
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
King of the Stable, Melody Carlson
Angel in the Waters, Regina Doman
Milk and Cookies, Frank Asch
The Little House, Virginia Burton
Andy and the Lion, James Henry Daugherty
Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney
Red Riding Hood’s Math Adventure, Lalie Harcourt and Ricki Wortzman
Noah’s Ark, Peter Spier
Hansel and Gretel, Will Moses
The Hat, Jan Brett
Amelia Bedelia and series, Peggy Parish
The Golly Sisters and series, Betsy Byars
Sun Bread, Elisa Kleven
A Little Prairie House and series, Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Stand back,” said the Elephant, Thomas Patty
Princess Stories, compiled by Cooper Edens
Whistle for Willie, Ezra Jack Keats
Peter’s Chair, Ezra Jack Keats
Bedtime for Frances, Russell Hoban
Bread and Jam for Frances, Russell Hoban
A Baby sister for Frances, Russell Hoban
How the Elephant got its Trunk, Jean Richards
Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodinka
Petunia, Roger Antoine Duvoisin
The Ox-Cart Man, Donald Hall
Harry the Dirty Dog, Gene Zion
A Child’s Book of Prayers, Michael Hague
The Emperor and the Kite, Jane Yolen
The Empty Pot, Demi
The Lion and the Mouse, A.J. Wood
Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile, Bernard Waber
Lovable Lyle, Bernard Waber
Lyle Finds his Mother, Bernard Waber
The Country Bunny, DuBase, Heyward
The Quilt-Maker’s Gift, Jeff Brombeau
The Quilt-Maker’s Journey, Jeff Brombeau
Rain, Peter Spier
Emily and Alice, Joyce Champion
I Loved You Before You were Born, Anne Bowen
The Princess and the Pea, John Cech
Rosie’s Ballet Slippers, Susan Hampshire
Paddington Bear (Picture book), Michael Bond
The Story of Little Black Sambo, Helen Bannerman
Bagels from Benny, Aubrey Davis
The Golden Goose, Uri Shulezitz
The Ticky Tacky Doll, Cynthia Rylant
Annie Rose is my Little Sister, Shirley Hughes
Gingerbread Baby, Jan Brett
Annie and the Wild Animals, Jan Brett
Miss Poppy and the Honey Cake, Elizabeth MacDonald
Molly and the Magic Wishbone, Barbara McClintock
Adele and Simon, Barbara McClintock
Adele and Simon in America, Barbara McClintock
Sunflower House, Eve Bunting

Peter in Blueberry Land, Elsa Beskow
I am not Sleepy and I will not go to Bed, Lauren Child
I will Never not Ever Eat a Tomato, Lauren Child
Berlioz the Bear, Jan Brett
Dr. De Soto, William Steig
Dr. De Soto goes to Africa, William Steig
The Zabajaba Jungle, William Steig
The Seven Chinese Sisters, Kathy Tucker
Joseph had a Little Overcoat, Simms Taback
Dandelion, Don Freeman
Norman the Doorman, Don Freeman
Edward and the Pirates, David McPhail
The Knight and the Dragon, Tomie de Paola
Tacky the Penguin and others, Helen Lester
People, Peter Speir
What do People Do all Day? Richard Scarry
What Baby Wants, Phyllis Root
I Love my New Toy! and others in the series Mo Willems
Bear’s Hiccups, Marion Dane Bauer
Mr. Murray and Thumbkin, Karma Wilson

6-7 year olds

The Best Loved Doll, Rebecca Caudill
The Apple Doll, Elisa Kleven
Saint George and the Dragon, Margaret Hodges
The Gardener, Sarah Stewart
The Library, Sarah Stewart
Fannie in the Kitchen, Deborah Hopkinson
Dahlia, Barbara McClintock
The Secret Staircase, Jill Barklem
Brambly Hedge series Jill Barklem
Wake up, World, Beatrice Hollyer
Stone Soup, Marcia Brown
One Grain of Rice, Demi
Rose Red and the Bear Prince, Dan Andreasen
Boxes for Katje, Candace Fleming
All the Places to Love, Patricia MacLachlan
How to Make Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman
The Bear that Heard Crying, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
The Bravest Dog Ever: True Story of Balto, Natalie Standiford
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? Margaret McNamara
Ali and the Magic Stew, Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
Peter’s First Easter, Walter Wangerin
Paddington Bear and series (picture books) Michael Bond
Harvest Home, Jane Yolen
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mary Jane Begin
Stella and the Berry Thief, Jane B. Mason

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