Terrific titles to read aloud with children

grandmother and grandchild reading a book

Reading aloud envelops both the reader and the listener together in a warm embrace of words. Here is a list of titles to make that magic happen:

“Last Stop On Market Street” by Matt De La Pena
Grandmothers know the answer to everything, no matter how far reaching the questions. Travel with CJ and his grandmother as a bus takes them through the city from church to soup kitchen and see the urban world from their eyes. Winner of the 2016 Newbury Medal among many other accolades.

“Waiting” by Kevin Henkes
On the windowsill looking out at the world, but existing in their own little realm, a grouping of diverse toys finds new friends and experiences some joy and some trauma in the process. They are gently portrayed as they are “waiting.”

“Lenny and Lucy” by Philip Stead
A boy and his Dad and his dog and a move to a new home.  A humble tale of how the boy poignantly faces his fears and through this process makes new friends.

“The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach
What? The bear what? Who? Who ate the sandwich?  A good story with a fun ending.

“How to Share with a Bear” by Eric Pinder
Thomas just wants to be alone in the fort he has made from household furnishings, but is charged with barring the bear from his door, enticing him away with food and playful diversions.  Bear = sibling.

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
The lyrics to the hit song from Despicable Me 2 sing out brightly from the pages of a picture book.  Photographs of happy children smile out at the reader.  Read it because you’re happy – or maybe because you’re not!

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition”  by J.K. Rowling
This is a high quality edition of the block-buster children’s book providing an enticing format to introduce the story to younger readers, the ultimate read-aloud. An illustrated version to open the door to the world of Harry Potter for a new reader or an extraordinary gift for the book’s established fans.

“The Iliad” by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer
A version of Homer’s classic that provides a true telling of the literary epic in a very readable format for younger readers. (This story not too gory.) Compelling illustrations of the timeless tale make for a great collaboration of storytelling and art.

Laurie Collins is a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion. She is also the author of the children’s picture book The Pajamas of My Dreams, and she is the Children’s Librarian in Ipswich, MA. Learn more about Laurie here.

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