Read Aloud Joy

Kids will find much to laugh about and think about in these little gems.


Nothing Like a Puffin.  Sue Soltis.  Candlewick, 2011.
In setting out to prove there is nothing like a puffin, the narrator discovers that many things are a little like a puffin: a shovel, a newspaper, a pair of jeans, a goldfish, a snake, etc.  A penguin, on the other hand, is a lot like a puffin.  Kids will love the thought provoking comparisons and may come up with some of their own.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Except If.  Jim Averbeck.  Atheneum, 2011.
“An egg is not a baby bird.” …but it will become one, except if… it becomes a baby snake, lizard, dinosaur, etc.  A simple, interesting and clever little adventure.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Extra Yarn.   Mac Barnett.  Balzer & Bray, 2012.
Annabelle has a yarn box that neVer runs out.  She knits for everyone and everything in town until the evil archduke steals the box.  A clever, quiet “yarn” with a happy ending.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Fairly Fairy Tales.  Esme Raji Codell.  Alladin, 2011.
Taking 3 elements from a traditional fairy tale and adding one oddball element makes the stories humorous and food for thought.  Could also serve as writing models.
Example:  “Cow?  Yes.  Beanstalk?  Yes.  Giant?  Yes.  Spaghetti? NOOOOO!  Turn the page–Well, maybe.  A double page illustration of the giant’s Italian restaurant serving fairy tale characters.  Others include, The Three Pigs, Red Riding Hood and The Three Bears.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade

Little Treasures : Endearments from Around the World.  Jacqueline K. Ogburn.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
This collection of endearments from 14 countries and six continents is a great multicultural look at the universality of the language of sweet nicknames.  Each endearment shows the English translation, native language and pronunciation.
Illustrated by 2012 Caldecott winner, Chris Raschka.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Maddie’s Monster Dad.  Scott Gibala-Broxholm.  Marshal Cavendish, 2011.
Maddie likes to play scary games with her father, but when he is too busy working, she builds herself a monster dad.  Just the right amount of scary and humor.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Max’s Castle.  Kate Banks.  Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2011.
This third book about Max and his brothers is possible the most imaginative.  Max uses letter blocks and other toys to build a castle.  Moving the letter blocks around and finding words within words lead to all kinds of exciting adventures.  Very clever.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

One Cool Friend.  Toni Buzzeo.  Dial, 2012.
A rather stuffy and proper boy with an equally odd, but absentminded father relates to the penguins at the aquarium.  His father replies yes when Elliott asks if he can have one for a pet, thinking he met a stuffed one.  Let the laughter begin!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade.  Jane Schoenberg.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.
In these 4 short stories, Stuey faces many challenges including overcoming his fear of reading, learns to love soccer, makes friends with a girl and plans a clever Halloween trick.  Humorous and relatable.
Read-aloud 2nd-3rd grade


Pigs to the Rescue.  John Himmelman.  Holt, 2010.
When minor things go wrong on the farm on each day of the week, eight over-exuberant pigs come to the rescue with well-intentioned, but disastrous results.  Lots to laugh about!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade



Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit.  Chris Van Dusen.  Candlewick, 2012.
Randy is fantastic at science, but not so great at baseball, though he wants to be.  When a giant fireball threatens his town, Randy puts his scientific know how together with his love of baseball to save the day.  Rhythmic and energetic!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade



Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure.  Naomi C. Rose.  Lee & Low Books, 2011.
When her grandfather becomes ill, Tashi learns about the traditional Tibetan Flower Cure (a pollen treatment).  Though they live in America, far from Tibet, going to a local nursery helps over time.  A wonderful multi-cultural story that shows the power of friendship and positive thinking.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade



What Are You Doing?  Elisa Amado.  Groundwood Books, 2011.
On the morning before his first day of school, Chepito finds people all over his neighborhood engaged in some type of reading.  He repeatedly asks “why” to try and delay going to school.  When he gets to school, he is delighted with all the books he sees.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade



Questions, Questions.  Marcus Pfister.  NorthSouth, 2011.
Thirteen beautifully illustrated rhyming couplets ask intriguing questions about the natural world, some of which can be researched.  For instance, “What turns the leaves from green to brown and sends them floating gently down?”  Pfister also describes his techniques for creating the pictures and encourages kids to try it.  Wonderful art project.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Z is for Moose.  Keelly Bingham.  Greenwillow, 2012.
Moose is a little over-excited about being in the alphabet book.  When Mouse appears for the letter M, Moose has a bit of a tantrum.  When Zebra finds him crying, he comes up with a solution.  Delightfully funny romp.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
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