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Good books for reading aloud to school classes
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Read Aloud tips

How to read to children in a group

o   When reading the book, be sure to hold it where all children can see.

o   Tilt it downward to them if they are on the floor.

o   Occasionally hold the book open and pass it in front of you. When reading, speak to the children, not the book.

o   Try to throw in some fun voices, sound effects, etc. (Not every character has to have a voice).

o   Do Dialogic reading.

  • In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story.
  • The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child.
  • Dialogic reading is just children and adults having a conversation about a book.

Selecting Read-Aloud books

o   Use books that encourage participation.

o   Choose books with clear language and pictures, with no more than 5 or 6 lines per page. 

o   Select books that have good stories with simple plots.

o   Books with repeated phrase work very well, as do books with chants, rhymes, and sound effects.

o   Books that have predictability and humor also work well.


Evaluating the Read-aloud ease of a children’s book.


o   Looking at the pictures- how big are they? How colorful? Do they go with the text? Larger, self-explainatory pictures are easier to see by a group.

o   Look at white space- more is good because crowded pages can not be seen by the group.


** Most important storytime tip: HAVE FUN!! If you are having fun and enjoying sharing books with children, then they will be more motivated to learn to read!


Melinda Watkins

Head of Children’s Services

Valley Cottage Library



Read-alouds for Kindergartners

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Big Chickens - Leslie Helakoski; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0525475753
Publication Date: 2006-02-02
When four big chickens see a wolf sneaking near their coop, they run into the woods to hide. But for a bunch of big chickens, running away from danger isn’t as easy as it looks. As they continue on their way, they wonder:What if they get stuck in a ditch? What if they hit an iceberg in the lake? What if they step into a cow patty? Ewww! Brimming with silliness and the kind of slapstick humor small children love, here’s a rollicking read-aloud with an uplifting message and a very satisfying ending. Henry Cole’s hilarious artwork captures all the sly humor.

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Click, Clack, Moo - Doreen Cronin; Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689832133
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes.... Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation.

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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - Julia Rawlinson; Tiphanie Beeke (Illustrator); Rawlinson
ISBN: 9780061134012
Publication Date: 2006-08-29
It's autumn, and Fletcher's favorite tree is slowly changing colors and losing its leaves. Fletcher is very worried. He tells the tree he'll help. But when the very last leaf falls to the ground, Fletcher feels as though he's let down his friend . . . . . . until the first day of winter, when Fletcher sees that his tree has turned into a shining, glittering surprise.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff; Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060245867
Publication Date: 1985-05-09
If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

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Jack's Talent - Maryann Cocca-Leffler
ISBN: 0374336814
Publication Date: 2007-07-10
"You must be good at something," said Miss Lucinda. "Everyone has a special talent." On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda asks the students to share their special talents. Francesca is a star soccer player, Matthew can catch huge fish with his grandpa, and Candace is an excellent artist. It seems that everyone has something to share. But Jack is worried. He doesn't have any talent at all . . . or so he thinks. Acrylic paintings that pop with energy and charm make this story by veteran author and illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler the perfect boost for any child who questions his or her abilities.

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Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems
ISBN: 9780786818709
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind… Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster - Mo Willems
ISBN: 0786852941
Publication Date: 2005-08-23
Leonardo is truly a terrible monster -- terrible at being a monster, that is. Despite his best efforts, he cant seem to frighten anyone. But when he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he finally scare the tuna salad out of him? Or will he think of something even better?

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My Little Sister Ate One Hare - Bill Grossman; Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0517596008
Publication Date: 1996-07-23
In this uproariously funny counting book, illustrated by popular artist Kevin Hawkes, a ravenous little sister eats everything from one hare to ten peas. Now in Dragonfly, this is the perfect book for any kid who loves to giggle (and who doesn't?) and parents who love to hear them.  

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Shark vs. Train - Chris Barton; Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316007627
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Shark VS. Train! WHO WILL WIN?!
If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

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Stuck in the Mud - Jane Clarke; Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780802797582
Publication Date: 2008-02-19
Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day was dawning, peaceful and calm . . . until Hen discovers that one of her chicks is stuck in the mud! How many animals will it take to pull Chick out of the mud? A fun-packed farmyard romp with a surprise foldout ending!

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The Baby Beebee Bird - Diane Redfield Massie; Steven Kellogg (Illustrator); Massie
ISBN: 0060280832
Publication Date: 2000-09-05
It is nighttime at the zoo. The animals are asleep. All is still, until. . . beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song. . .ALL NIGHT LONG! Nothing the animals do or say will stop him. Until, that is, they come up with a plan to teach the baby beebee bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping -- especially for little birds.

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The Lion and the Little Red Bird - Elisa Kleven (Artist)
ISBN: 0525448985
Publication Date: 1992-05-30
A little red bird is amazed when a friendly lion uses his tail as a paintbrush to create a picture just for her.

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The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza - Philemon Sturges; Amy Walrod (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142301892
Publication Date: 2002-11-11
The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen's friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.

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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything - Elise Broach; David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689869228
Publication Date: 2007-09-25
Get a WHAT!? Free WHAT!? DINOSAURS? Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It's a dream come true, except...what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?

This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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