The Ultimate Read Aloud List 


Picture Books:

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse 

After I Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Alfie: The Turtle That Disappeared 

Come With Me

Dragons Love Tacos 1+ 2


Middle Age Readers:


The Epic Fail of Artura Zamora 

The First Rule of Pink

One Last Word


The Stars Beneath Our Feet


Picture Books: 

Du Iz Tak?

School's First Day of School

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis 

There's a Bear on my Chair

Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

Middle Age Readers:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

As Brave As You

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

The Best Man

When the Sea Turned to Silver


Picture Books: 

Mother Bruce

Leo: A Ghost Story

The Princess and the Pony

Red: A Crayon's Story

Toys Meet Snow


Middle Age Readers:

The Thing About Jellyfish

The Blackthorn Key



Roller Girl

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer


Picture Books:

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Goodnight Already!

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads 

Last Stop on Market Street

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

This is a Moose

Middle Age Readers:

Brown Girl Dreaming 

The Boundless

The Fourteenth Goldfish

A Snicker of Magic

The Terrible Two

The War That Saved My Life 


Picture Books:

The Day the Crayons Quit


Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! 

Middle Age Readers:

Flora and Ulysses

Counting By 7's

Mouse with a Question Mark Tail

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy


Year of Billy Miller 


Picture Books:

Extra Yarn

Creepy Carrots

Bear Has a Story to Tell

Oh, No! 

Too Tall Houses

Z is for Moose

Middle Age Readers:


False Prince

Last Dragonslayer

One and Only Ivan

Some Sun Here

Three Times Lucky


Picture Books: 

I Want My Hat Back


Over and Under the Snow

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Press Here

King Hugo's Huge Ego

Middle Age Readers:



Cheshire Cheese Cat

Liesl and Po

Flint Heart



Picture Books:

Children Make Terrible Pets

Bedtime For Bear

Chicken Big

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea

Quiet Book

Middle Age Readers:

Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Because of Mr. Terupt


Penny Dreadful 

Sixty-Eight Rooms

Tale Dark and Grimm


Picture Books:

Curious Garden

14 Cows for America

Once Upon a Twice

Princess Hyacinth

Middle Age Readers:

Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. 

Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

Leaving the Bellweathers

Older Favorites

Picture Books: 

Visitor For Bear

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken


Too Many Toys

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

Houndsley and Catina

If I Built A Car

Wild About Books

Skippyjon Jones

Middle Age Readers:


Magic Thief



The Mysterious Benedict Society

Alabama Moon

Each Little Bird That Sings

There are HEARTBREAKING statistics that show that only 17% of children above the age of 8 are being read aloud to at home. Parents think their child can read independently, so they stop reading to them. Statistics also show that around the same age, children's interest in reading diminishes drastically. Coincidence? I think not. If I could get parents and teachers to change one thing about their interactions with their children and students it would be this: NEVER stop reading aloud to them. Don't stop. Don't let their age, or the type of book, or the setting let you stop reading aloud. If you're a parent or teacher and don't know how to start, I'm here to help. I vividly remember my mom sitting against the wall between my bedroom and my brothers bedroom and reading chapter books to us every night as kids. I know it's why I am the reader I am today. Teachers, I'm looking at you, too. Read with your students every. single. day. The most powerful teaching opportunities you will have will come from reading stories together. Remember you are growing brains, but you are growing good, kind, conscious, fair humans as well. Below is the ultimate read aloud list--books that will ignite thoughtful conversation, imagination, relationships, or giggles. 


“We read with our children because it gives both them and us an education of the heart and mind. Of intellect and empathy. We read together and learn because stories teach us how to love.” --The Read Aloud Family

Helpful Books for Parents and Teachers to Create Meaningful Read Aloud's with your Kids:

The Read Aloud Family

The Book Whisperer 

Read Aloud Revival

The Read Aloud Handbook

The Enchanted Hour

The Ramped Up Read Aloud 

The Child Whisperer

“When read-aloud time doesn’t look like we originally hoped, we begin to doubt that it’s giving us any of those wonderful benefits. But here’s the thing: it still works. Even when it’s noisy, messy, and more chaotic than you’d like it to be, it works. Even when kids are grumbling, complaining, and don’t seem to be listening, it works.” --The Read Aloud Family