The best, best, best part of any day was reading aloud to my class.  I had hundreds of favorite books:  poetry, fiction chapter books a.k.a. novels, and picture books, both fiction and non-fiction.  I read books with wonderful illustrations or books with no pictures with zeal.  My class just rolled their eyes when I said, “This is one of my all time favorite books!”  I said that about nearly every book I read.  After all, what’s the point of sharing a book you don’t love?

          The class would fall silent when I read.  Even the wigglers listened.  I read aloud everyday!  When one of my lowest students ever said, “It’s like listening to a dream,” I knew I had reached him.  How great is that?

          I couldn’t begin to list every read aloud book I love but here are some favorites.  Some are no longer in print but check out your public library.

Duck! Rabbit! 

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

 

Wempires

by Daniel Pinkwater

 

Sandy’s Circus

by Tanya Lee Stone

 

The Bicycle Man

by Allen Say

 

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter

 

Come A Tide

by George Ella Lyon

 

The Summer My Father Was Ten

by Pat Brisson

 

Molly’s Pilgrim

by Barbara Cohen

 

Dear Mr. Blueberry

by Simon James

 

The Elves and the Shoemaker

retold by Jim LaMarche

 

Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice

by Judy Schachner

 

Interrupting Chicken

by David Ezra Stein

 

Cookies: Life Lessons

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

Stone Soup

by Jon J Muth

 

Roger’s Umbrella

by Daniel Pinkwater

 

Hooway for Wodney Wat

by Helen Lester

 

Ish    by Peter H. Reynolds

 

Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like

by Jay Williams

 

A You’re Adorable

by Martha Alexander

 

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

by Keith Graves

 

The Wednesday Surprise

by Eve Bunting

 

Yours Truly, Goldilocks

by Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tyron

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst

 

Halloweiner

by Dav Pilkey

 

The Monster at the End of the Book

by Jay Stone

 

The Paperbag Princess

by Robert Munsch

 

The Hatseller and the Monkeys

by Baba Waque Diakite

 

17 Kings and 42 Elephants

by Margaret Mahy and Patricia Mc Carthy

PICTURE BOOKS

Wow! There are a lot of these. Don't say I didn't warn you.

CHAPTER BOOKS

READ ALOUDS

NON-FICTION

There are tons of these, too. I'll post up more soon.

Pop: A Book About Bubbles

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Margaret Miller

 

One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong

by Don Brown

 

If You Find a Rock

by Peggy Christian

POETRY

The Dragons Are Singing Tonight

by Jack Prelutsky

 

The Tale of Custard the Dragon

by Ogden Nash

 

Kids Pick the Funniest Poems

by Bruce Lansky

 

The Light in the Attic

by Shel Silverstein

 

Heartsongs

by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Sideway Stories from Wayside School

by Louis Sacher

 

Because of Winn Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

 

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo

 

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

 

The House Above the Trees

by Ethel Cook Eliot

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by Frank L. Bam

 

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

 

Matilda

by Roald Dahl

 

Mary Poppins

by Dr. P.L. Travers

 

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh

 

Alice in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

 

The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord and Marc Simon

 

Winnie the Pooh

by A.A. Milne

 

The Wheel on the School

by Meindert DeJong