Great Read-Alouds

Reading aloud to your child is not only lots of fun, it's crucial to early brain development. The books on this list are for listeners of varying ages. Snuggle up and read!

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Artist/Author/Cast:
Viorst, Judith; Cruz, Ray (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Viorst
Description:

Sometimes it feels as if everything goes wrong at once. Poor Alexander is having that kind of day.

Bark, George
Artist/Author/Cast:
Feiffer, Jules (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Feiffer
Description:

What's going on with George? His mother can't figure out why he won't bark.

Beezus and Ramona
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Darling, Louis (Illustrator); Dockray, Tracy (Illustrator); Rogers, Jacqueline (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ramona invites her entire kindergarten class over one rainy day, without telling her mother! This hilarious book will captivate you.

The BFG
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dahl, Roald; Blake, Quentin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Dahl
Description:

Sophie helps a BFG (Big Friendly Giant) make a plan to save the world from some not-so-friendly giants.

Blueberries for Sal
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCloskey, Robert (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP McCloskey
Description:

Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries on Blueberry Hill.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit - Tale of Mystery
Artist/Author/Cast:
Howe, Deborah
Call Number:
JF Howe
Description:

Bunnicula looks sweet, but he's really a vampire bunny. Lock up the vegetables!

Artist/Author/Cast:
Slobodkina, Esphyr
Call Number:
JP Slobodkina
Description:

As a peddler is taking a nap, all of his caps are stolen by a band of mischievous monkeys.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barrett, Judi; Barrett, Ronald L. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Barrett
Description:

The town of Chewandswallow is an ordinary place, but its weather is very extraordinary!

Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
Artist/Author/Cast:
De Paola, Tomie
Call Number:
J398.220941 D4192f
Description:

This is the larger-than-life story of how Fin M'Coul's wife helps outwit the terrible giant, Cucullin.

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lobel, Arnold (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Lobel
Description:

Meet Frog and Toad, best friends, in five short stories that will be enjoyed by both children and adults.

Iktomi and the Boulder
Artist/Author/Cast:
Goble, Paul
Call Number:
J398.208997 G5754ik 1992
Description:

A Plains Indian tale about the trickster Iktomi, and how he tries to defeat a boulder.

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wood, Audrey; Wood, Don (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Wood
Description:

The king won't get out of the tub! Who knows what to do?

Many Moons
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thurber, James; Simont, Marc (Illustrator); Slobodkin, Louis (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Thurber
Description:

This is the story of a princess who wants the moon, and how she gets it.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Burton, Virginia Lee
Call Number:
JP Burton
Description:

Can Mary Anne really dig as much in a day as a hundred men can dig in a week?

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Darling, Louis (Illustrator); Dockray, Tracy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Owls in the Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mowat, Farley
Call Number:
JF Mowat
Description:

A classic about a family with unusual pets.

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brown, Marc (Illustrator); Prelutsky, Jack (Selected by); Trelease, Jim (Introduction by)
Call Number:
J811.008 R282
Description:

Short poems for small listeners with small attention spans.

The Secret Garden
Artist/Author/Cast:
Burnett, Frances Hodgson; Tudor, Tasha (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Burnett
Description:

The discovery of a hidden, overgrown garden helps change the lives of two unhealthy, spoiled children.

The Sneetches and Other Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Seuss, Dr. (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Seuss
Description:

Four funny stories all in one book.

Stuart Little
Artist/Author/Cast:
White, E. B.; Williams, Garth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF White
Description:

Stuart is only two inches high, and he looks exactly like a mouse.

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