Read-Alouds Sure to Please!

From ferrets to Zorro the dog to a perfect red square, kids will find these books delightful!


Say Hello to Zorro! Carter Goodrich.  Simon and Schuster, 2010.
Mister Bud, the family dog, loves his daily routine until a new dog joins the family.
Learning to adapt makes him a new best friend.  Charming.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Buy My Hats! Dave Horowitz.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010.
Carl and Frank have a hat stand at an outdoor market.  No one is interested in their plain brown hats.  Other vendors have great success with skateboards, cups of mud and remote control robot cell phones.  Carl and Frank ask them their secrets to success, but it takes a rainstorm to make everyone want a hat.  Clever and funny.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade

Dog in Boots. Greg Gormley.  Holiday House, 2011.
After reading Puss in Boots, Dog decides he needs to try some.  He goes to the shoe store and gets four boots exactly like those in the book.  They are not good for digging, so he returns them and gets rubber boots.  This pattern continues several more times until the shoe man tells him he already has the perfect shoes for all his actives–Paws!
Dog goes home and reads Little Red Riding Hood…….  Delightful!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Edwin Speaks Up.  April Stevens & Sophie Blackall.  Schwartz & wade Books, 2011.
grocery shopping with four children and baby Edwin is challenging for Mrs. Finnemore ferret.  What the mother fails to notice is that baby Edwin’s gibberish has enough real words in it to be very helpful.  At the end she says: “Soon he’ll be talking.  Can you even imagine that?”  Observant readers will have noticed that he has been talking all along.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Ferret Fun.  Karen Rostoker-Gruber.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
Andrea is pet-sitting Marvel, the cat for a friend.  Marvel thinks her pet ferrets, Fudge and Einstein are rats and manages to open their cage.  The ferrets stand up to Marvel’s bullying ways and they all become friends.  Hilarious illustrations!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Grandpa’s Tractor.  Michael Garland.  Boyd’s Mills Press, 2011.
Grandpa Joe takes Timmy to see his childhood home.  The farmhouse is boarded up, the barn is dilapidated and the old red tractor is rusty.  Grandpa describes all the work done by his father and the red tractor.  Vivd artwork helps tell the story.  It makes me remember my father’s and grandfather’s old red tractors.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! Mo Willems.  Balzer + Bray, 2011.
Six and one-half very short, very delightful stories about a girl and her stuffed alligator.  Amanda’s love of books is a thread throughout.  When Amanda brings home a new stuffed panda, alligator must learn to make new friends.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Huck Runs Amuck! Sean Taylor.  Dial, 2011.
When a mountain goat who craves flowers comes to town, he creates madcap mayhem before becoming a hero.  A great read-aloud.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

I Wanna New Room. Karen Kaufman Orloff.  G. P. Putnam’s, 2010.
Alex is tired of sharing his room with his little brother, so he launches a letter writing campaign to his father for a room of his own.  Hilarious illustrations by David Catrow.  Great example of
persuasive writing.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud all ages

The Ice Bear.  Jackie Morris.  Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2010.
This magical, mythical tale is set at the beginning of time.  A polar bear loses her cub to Raven.  Hearing the raven’s cry, a hunter finds the babe in human form and takes it home to his wife.  The childless couple are delighted and raise the child for 7 years.  Raven then lures the child back to his polar bear mother.  The boy is torn between his two families and decides to stay with the bears during the winter and the humans during the summer.  Stunning watercolors illustrations.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm.  Jon Katz.  Holt, 2011.
The four dogs who live on this farm in upstate New York all have jobs to perform:
Rose herds sheep, Izzy is a hospice therapy dog, Frieda guards the farm against predators, and then there is Lenore who loves, accepts and teaches the other dogs with great patience. Large color photos capture the dogs’ personalities.  Great non-fiction picture book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Mother Goose Picture Puzzles.  Will Hillenbrand.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
This large format collection of 20 well-known nursery rhymes is done rebus style.  The rebus picture also appears in the big illustration and is labeled with the word and sometimes a definition for unfamiliar words.  A great read-aloud!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Perfect Square. Michael Hall.  Greenwillow, 2011.
A perfect red square is very content until he is torn crumpled, punched with holes and transformed into other things which expand his world, bringing him new happiness. A fabulous book for inspiring creative art projects, embracing change, and great use of verbs.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud all ages

A Pet for Petunia.  Paul Schmid.  Harper, 2011.
Petunia tries desperately to convince her parents to let her have a pet skunk.  She decides to run away after her parents firmly refuse because skunks stink.  While in the woods, she encounters a real skunk and its “humungous stink.”  She decides that her stuffed skunk toy will suffice until she sees a porcupine……   Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade
Pig Kahuna. Jennifer Sattler.  Bloomsbury, 2011.
Pigs Fergus and his baby brother Dink love collecting treasures on the beach, but Fergus is afraid of the “lurking, murky ickiness” of the water.  A surf board washes ashore and they use it for imaginative play.  Dink sends the board back into the ocean, causing Fergus to forget his fear and go after it.  Engaging.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Rrralph.  Lois Ehlert.  Beach Lane Books, 2011.
The narrator sets out to show us how their dog can talk.  When asked “What’s your name?” the dog answers “RRRALPH/RALPH.”  Asked “What’s on that tree?” Ralph responds “BARK BARK.”  You get the idea!  Kids will enjoy the jokes.   Clever illustrations in Ehlert’s classic collage style.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Soccer Hour.  Carol Nevius.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
Rhyming couplets and evocative paintings resembling sepia photographs bring the sport to life as we see a team at practice from many visual perspectives.  Picture Book.
By the same author:  Karate Hour and Baseball Hour.
Read-aloud K-4th grade

Ten Little Caterpillars.  Bill Martin, Jr.  Beach Lane Books, 2011.
Lois Ehlert’s signature colorful collage artwork brings this counting book to life.  Different types of caterpillars move through the garden scene.  Great verbs are used such as wriggled, sailed, carried.  Also a great science lesson as the 10th caterpillar hangs patiently until he emerges from the chrysalis.  The end includes a guide of each species as a caterpillar and the butterfly or moth they become.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations.  Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Harper, 2011.
Mathematical equations are used to show how different aspects of daily life can be combined.  Simple, insightful and charming.  This would be a great writing model.
Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-6th grade

Three by the Sea.  Mini Grey.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
A dog, cat and mouse live companionably, sharing the work, in a shack by the sea.  A stranger (fox) from the  Winds of Change arrives and stirs up trouble which tests their friendship.  In the end, they make a few changes and their friendships are stronger than ever.  Another winner from the author of the Traction Man books.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door.  Adam Rubin.  Clarion Books, 2011.
Old man Fookwire Hates everything except birds.  Pesky squirrels are constantly annoying him until Little Old Lady Hu moves in next door with her cat, Muffins, whom she sys wouldn’t hurt a fly.  In reality, Muffins is the neighborhood bully who terrorizes the squirrels and the birds until he gets his wet comeuppance.  Very funny!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
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