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



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



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


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




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


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



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



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