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 Read Aloud Books to Share with Children

 

 Books for One Sitting:

 

Clements, Andrew. Dogku

When a homeless dog shows up at the back door, a family takes him in and names him Mooch. Will his antics get him sent to the pound? Ages 4 and up

 

Cummins, Julie. Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper

Sam Patch loved to jump. He would jump off of mills, cliffs, and ships. He even jumped into Niagara Falls! Ages 5 and up

 

Deedy, Carmen. 14 Cows for America

How one small village, in Africa, expressed empathy after 9/11. Poignant. Ages 6 and up

 

Floca, Brian. Moonshot: the Flight of Apollo 11

This exciting book retells the story of Apollo 11’s journey to the moon and the moon landing. Ages 5 and up

 

Garriel, Barbara. I Know a Shy Fellow who swallowed a Cello

A silly adaptation of the folk rhyme “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly” featuring musical instruments. Ages 4 and up

 

George, Jean Craighead. The Wolves are Back

In 1995, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. The words and illustrations explain how the presence of one animal can profoundly affect an ecosystem. Ages 5 and up

 

Graham, Bob. “The trouble with dogs…” said Dad

Dave, the dog, has joined the family, but Dave is joyful. Make that exuberant, out of control. So they sign Dave up for puppy training. Ages 4 and up

 

Harrington, Janice. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

Bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a romp that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase. Ages 4 and up

 

Henson, Heather. That Book Woman

What is the reward for a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents? Ages 5 and up

 

Howitt, Mary. The Spider and the Fly

A cautionary poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly, is illustrated in the style of a silent movie. Ages 4 and up

 

Johnson, Angela. Wind Flyers

Young readers are introduced to the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. The artwork portrays the wonder of the skies and gives a sense of what it must feel like to touch clouds from an open aircraft. Ages 6 and up

 

Levine, Ellen. Henry’s Freedom Box

This Caldecott Honor Book recounts the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom. Ages 6 and up

 

Lewin, Ted. At Gleason’s Gym

Describes the visitors and activities which go on in Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, where famous boxers such as Muhammed Ali trained. Ages 6 and up

 

Long, Loren. Otis

Otis, the tractor, loves to work on the farm and play with his friend the calf, until the day the farmer brings home the big yellow tractor that displaces him. Ages 4 and up

 

MacLachlan, Patricia. Once I Ate a Pie

Fourteen dogs! Each personality is distinctly illustrated and captured poetically. Even if you’re not a dog person, this is an enjoyable read. Ages 4 and up

 

Mora, Pat. Dona Flor

Dona Flor, a giant lady with a big heart, sets off to protect her neighbors from what they think is a dangerous animal, but soon discovers the tiny secret behind the huge noise. Ages 5 and up

 

O’Malley, Kevin. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

A boy and a girl alternate telling a fairy tale featuring a princess who spins golden thread, captured royal ponies, and a cool motorcycle dude. Ages 6 and up

 

Park, Linda Sue. Tap Dancing on the Roof

Sijo poetry, in which each line has a special purpose. The first line introduces the topic, the second line explores the topic more, and the third line contains a twist. Ages 8 and up

 

Paul, Ann. Tortuga in Trouble

In this Southwestern variation of Little Red Riding Hood, Tortuga is taking lunch to his abuela, his friends following along behind. He gets a nasty surprise when he arrives at his abuela’s house. Ages 5 and up.

 

Sierra, Judy. Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie

This revolting rhyme begs to be chanted! The story entertains as the pie hums and sparkles. Ages 4 and up

 

Stevens, Janet. The Great Fuzz Frenzy

When a fuzzy, green tennis ball falls down a prairie dog tunnel mayhem ensues. Ages 4 and up

 

Willems, Mo. Your Pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo is a truly terrible monster who scares the tuna salad out of a little boy named Sam. Or does he? Ages 4 and up

 

Winthrop, Elizabeth. Squashed in the Middle

Many kids will identify with Daisy’s situation. Being a “middle child” it often feels as though your voice is lost. Ages 4 and up

 

 

 

Books for Longer Stretches:

 

Armstrong, Alan. Whittington

As Whittington, a descendent of the famous Dick Whittington’s cat, tells the exciting story of his ancestor, a boy who is listening overcomes some reading difficulties. Ages 8 and up

 

Avi. The End of the Beginning

Avon the snail and Edward the ant set off together on a journey looking for adventure. Ages 6 and up

 

Babbitt, Natalie. Jack Plank Tells Tales

When Jack’s pirate crew lets him go (he’s no good at plundering) he looks for another job onshore. But it’s hard to find one that doesn’t remind him of his pirating days. Ages 8 and up

 

Barry, Dave. Peter and the Starcatchers

This prequel to “Peter Pan”, full of high-seas adventures, reveals how Peter came to fly and why he will never get old. Ages 6 and up

 

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks

The four Penderwick sisters, aged four to twelve, spend an eventful summer in the mountains, during which time they befriend a local boy, tangle with a bull, and disrupt a garden club competition. Ages 8 and up

 

Birney, Betty. Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Eben is bored in this rural town of Sassafras Springs and really wants to travel. His father makes a deal with him; if he can find seven wonders right here in town, his father will buy him a ticket to Colorado. Ages 8 and up

 

Broach, Elise. Masterpiece

After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as a gift for eleven-year-old James, the two new friends work together to help recover stolen art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ages 8 and up

 

Colfer, Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy

The Woodman brothers try to make sure Spud Murphy, the librarian, doesn’t hit them with her potato gun for breaking the rules. Ages 6 and up

 

Couloumbis, Audrey. The Misadventures of Maude March

When Maude and Sallie March escape from the preacher’s family who have been their caretakers since their aunt’s death and strike out to find their uncle, their lives become more and more complicated as the newspapers label Maude a horse thief and a killer. Ages 9 and up

 

Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon

Chronicles the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. Ages 6 and up

 

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

A proud toy rabbit loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. He travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories. Ages 6 and up

 

English, Karen. Nikki & Deja

When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but finds the results were not what they expected.   Ages 6 and up

 

Fine, Anne. Jamie and Angus Stories

Imaginative Jamie and his loveable toy bull are inseparable friends. Ages 4 and up

 

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Wild Girl

The story of horse and rider runs parallel in this coming-of-age-novel. Lidie’s separation, growth, and ultimate acceptance by her father and brother are at the core. Ages 8 and up

 

Gutman, Dan. Satch & Me

This time-travel baseball card adventure will have you asking: Was Satchel Paige really the fastest pitcher ever? Ages 8 and up

 

Hip Hop Speaks to Children

Poetry can have both a theme and a rhythm. Sometimes it is obvious; sometimes it is hidden. Ages 8 and up

 

Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems

The poor Pepins are plagued by a plethora of problems, among them a cow who gives lemonade and toads in their shoes, and readers are urged to share their solutions psychically with the author. Ages 8 and up

 

Ibbotson, Eva. The Star of Kazan

Twelve-year-old Annika, an orphan, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry from an old woman she befriended. Then someone claiming to be her mother appears. Ages 9 and up

 

Jenkins, Emily. Toy Dance Party

The continuing adventures of Stingray, Buffalo and Plastic. Ages 4 and up

 

Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

In central Texas in 1899, Callie Vee Tate learns about being a lady from her mother and explores the natural world with her grandfather, which leads to an important discovery. Ages 9 and up

 

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

This Newbery Honor book uses folk tales to tell the story of MinLi, a young Chinese girl who sets out on a quest to the Old Man in the Moon in hopes of bringing life back to Fruitless Mountain. Ages 8 and up

 

Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and other Natural Disasters

A delightful look into the life of Alvin Ho, a timid youngster, as he attempts camping with his Dad. Ages 5 and up

 

Lord, Cynthia. Rules

A story of autism, love and acceptance. Catherine’s love for her brother is as real as are her frustrations with him. Ages 9 and up

 

Lowry, Lois. The Willoughbys

In this funny parody of classic works of literature, the four Willoughby children concoct a plan to get rid of their neglectful parents, not realizing their parents have a nefarious plan of their own. Ages 9 and up

 

McAllister, Angela. Digory and the Lost King

Digory is mistaken for a wizard while searching for King Widget. Ages 5 and up

 

McKissack, Patricia. Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters and Other Wily Characters

We are transported to the front porch where lemonade is poured, lightning bugs flash, and tales of tricksters are a treat for the whole family to enjoy. Ages 10 and up

 

Murphy, Jim. An American Plague: the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.

It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name: yellow fever- but everything else about it is a mystery. Ages 10 and up.

 

Nuzum, K.A. The Leanin’ Dog

Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother. The arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what Dessa and her father need to change their lives forever. Ages 9 and up

 

O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog

A poignant story dealing with homelessness, the embarrassment caused by being different, and the moral dilemma of doing what’s right. Ages 10 and up

 

Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry

Korean-American Julie and her friend Patrick decide to raise silkworms as a project for the State Fair, but find it much more difficult than they supposed.  Ages 9 and up

 

Peck, Richard. A Season of Gifts

It’s 1958 and a minister and his family move in next door to Mrs. Dowdel. Soon she begins to work her charm on the whole family, and bestows her gifts on the unsuspecting. Ages 8 and up

 

Philbrick, W. R. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Homer’s big brother has been sold into service in the Civil War, and Homer is determined to rescue him. Ages 10 and up

 

Schertle, Alice. Look Out, Jeremy Bean

Jeremy needs to work on a school assignment about collections. What does Jeremy collect? Stories about himself. Ages 6 and up

 

Sierra, Judy. Can You Guess My Name?

A collection of fifteen folktales from around the world, which includes retellings of favorites like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Rumplestiltskin.” Ages 6 and up

 

Stone, Tanya. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Back when NASA began the Apollo space program, several women undertook the astronaut training, and this gripping book tells how they were “almost astronauts.” Ages 10 and up

 

White, Ruth. Buttermilk Hill

Piper Berry is 10. How she endures comes through in her poems about divorce, step-parenting, and the injustice of blended families. Life is not fair, but she finds her own way through. Ages 9 and up

 

Yep, Laurence. The Earth Dragon Awakes

Yep looks at the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Its natural disaster subject is both timely and topical; information on plate tectonics is interwoven in the story. Ages 8 and up

 

 

 

Compiled by Children’s Librarians of the

Monroe County Library System

2010