Read-Alouds Sure to Please, Part 2

“I’m wondering what to read next.”  Matilda, Roald Dahl


Chloe and the Lion.  Mac Barnett.  Hyperion, 2012.
This story is so entertaining that kids may not realize that they are learning how authors and illustrators must collaborate and compromise to create a successful picture book.  Clever!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade

A Dog is a Dog.  Stephen Shaskan.  Chronicle Books, 2011.
What makes a dog, cat, squid and moose the same, and different?  A charming circle story.  Lead kids to explore the characteristics of other familiar animals.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Don’t Worry, Douglas.  David Melling. Tiger tales, 2011.
Douglas loves the red wool hat his father gives him and sets out to show it to his friends.  It gets caught on a tree and completely unravels.  His friends try to help,
until Rabbit suggest that he just tell his Dad what happened.  Charming!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


The Duckling Gets a Cookie?  Mo Willems.  Hyperio, 2012.
The duckling gets a cookie just by asking…politely.  This makes pigeon very angry
until he learns the cookie is a gift for him.  Classic Willems humor with a nice little message about the value of humility and good manners.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Elmer and Super El.  David McKee.  Andersen Press, USA, 2012.
Super El doesn’t want the other animals to see that his super hero costume is torn, so Elmer devises funny ways to distract the other animals as he takes Super El to Aunt Zelda’s, who mends his suit.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade



Green.  Laura Vaccaro Seeger.  Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
Very simple text and luscious paintings that you want to reach out and touch, explore and celebrate the many shades of green.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



I Will Not Read This Book.  Cece Meng.  Clarion Books, 2011.
A young boy describes an elaborate scenario to avoid reading before bed, but finally gives in to the joy of reading with a parent.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Larf.  Ashley Spires.  Kids Can Press, 2012.
Larf is a loner and believes he is the only Sasquatch in the world until he reads in the newspaper about another Sasquatch who will be making an appearance in town.  He dresses up and heads for town in hopes of meeting the newcomer.  It turns out to be a female Sasquatch in town for the same reason.  Sweet and humorous.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


No Bears.  Meg McKinlay.  Candlewick Press, 2012.
Ella is in charge of the story and declares she is sick of bears in stories, so this one will have pretty things, exciting things, funny things and scary things.  She fails to notice that the fairy godmother is, indeed, a bear.  Charming and great for discussing what makes a good story.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Ruby, Violet, Lime : Looking for Color.  Jane Brocket.  Millbrook Press, 2012.
Bold and vibrant photos are used to introduce the concept of primary colors and how they can be mixed to make other colors.  The text is also rich with adjectives.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Senorita Gordita.  Helen Ketteman.  Albert Whitman, 2012.
A southwestern version of the Gingerbread Boy.  Gordita outwits all of her pursuers until she meets up with Bho, the owl who waits in a saguaro.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
Silly Goose’s Big Story.  Keiko Kasza.  G.P. Putnam’s, 2012.
Goose makes up great stories to act out with his friends, but he always gets to play the hero.  That ends the day Goose is grabbed by Wolf.  His friends become real heroes and save the day.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Spot the Plot : A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.  J. Patrick Lewis.  Chronocle Books, 2009.
A girl, a boy and a dog follow the clues through 13 riddle poems about some of our most beloved stories, such as Goodnight Moon, Madeline, Charlotte’s Web, Cinderella, The Polar Express.  Can you name that book?  A fun, interactive read-aloud.
Read-aloud K-4th grade

Yoko Learns to Read.  Rosemary Wells.  Hyperion, 2012.
Yoko feels behind the other kids who are learning to read.  She has only 3 books at home and they are in Japanese.  Yoko succeeds witth he help of her teacher and the school librarian.  Ahhh…..   Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade
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