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Read Aloud Books

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Easy Fiction

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Enjoy this beloved New York Times bestselling picture book about pursuing one’s passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one’s dreams.

The Mitten by Jan Brett
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in.

Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy
Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown’s cows finds a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
For energetic toddlers, here's a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story. Told in rollicky, wiggly rhyme that begs to be read again and again, this story will have toddlers wiggling and giggling.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Love by Matt De La Peña
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.

Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield
All Charlie Chick does is eat and eat! Just how big can a little chick get?

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
After trading his father for two goldfish, a boy and his little sister go on a rollicking adventure around town to get him back.

Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.

Please Don’t Read this Book! by Deanna Kizis
The book's hero, a blob of color with arms, legs and a face, bids readers not to read the book, not to make a funny face, etc., all the while getting very flustered and mentioning rules that must be followed.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals, he spends a day lounging with the lions, and even slithers with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all.

It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle
In this lively read-aloud picture book, the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillier and sillier. Perfect for acting out while reading, it offers just the right amount of excitement without being too scary, and a sweet ending with a bit of a twist.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.

What Would You Do in a Book About You? by Jean Reidy
This book asks readers to think about the endless possibilities their futures may hold, encouraging the youngest child to dream big.

The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa!

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
In this cautionary rhyming tale, we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever.

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.


Chapter Books

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier
One day 8-year-old Auggie Pound, the caretaker of the rare animals in the Fabled Stables, ventures into the swamp to save a new rare creature, the wisp.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
A summer in Tarrytown, N.Y., is a lot of fun for 10-year-old Shelia, even though her friends make her face up to some self-truths she doesn't want to admit.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
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.

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin
A group of chickens (with names like Dirt, Sugar, and Sweetie) are launching a galactic expedition from the backyard. This is a super silly book, but kids love it.

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
This book tells the story of Flora Belle Buckman and a squirrel named Ulysses, who develops unusual intellectual and physical capabilities after being sucked into a vacuum cleaner.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

A True Home by Kallie George
Mona the Mouse is caught in a terrible storm when she discovers the Heartwood Hotel, a grand hotel in a tree in Fernwood Forest where animals come from far and wide for luxury and comfort. But there's also danger lurking and Mona has to figure out how she can help protect her new home.

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous game-maker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this fairy tale like no other, Ella is “gifted” the gift of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it’s to hop on one foot or chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate and sets off on a quest to change her destiny.

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire
With delicious figurative language and deliberate word choice, this is a stunningly beautiful story about family, community, grief, and stories which begs to be read aloud.

Accidental Trouble Magnet: Planet Omar by Zanib Mian
Omar has recently moved to a new house and will be the new kid at school. He always tries to do the right thing, but his vivid imagination often lands him in trouble. This wonderful book has the potential to spark conversations on topics including cultural differences, bullying, friendship and more. 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie was born with facial abnormalities and has only ever been home-schooled. Now he is entering fifth grade at a private school, which entails enduring taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
In this award-winning mystery, the 16 heirs to Sam Westing's fortune assemble at the Sunset Towers apartment building where they're organized into pairs and charged with solving a puzzle. The heirs are hoping to gain control of his business and win millions of dollars.

Holes by Louis Sacher
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston
Jada Sly may be a kid, but she's also a spy in training and she's ready to embark on her greatest spy adventure yet. She's heading into New York City to find her missing mother. This is an action-packed book, with a few fun illustrations scattered   throughout.

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