Reading aloud with your child is fun and reaps many rewards for you and your family. Beyond building community, listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills, children benefit from the comfort and security of having a loved one read aloud with them. The most important rule of read-alouds? Read what you love! Here are a few suggestions of books for your family library from our Librarian Karen. Mix and match between the lists; these books can be enjoyed across the years.
Infants and Toddlers
It’s never too early to share the love of books! Our youngest students respond to graphic colors, black and white images, pictures of other babies, and tactile sensations. Don’t worry if your child starts eating the books! All of these books come in a nibble-ready board book format.
Boynton, Sandra. But not the hippopotamus. New York: Little Simon, 1984. Print.
Bunting, Eve. Have you seen my new blue socks?. Boston: Clarion Books, 2013. Print.
Ehlert, Lois. Color farm. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. Print.
Fox, Mem. Hello baby!. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2009. Print.
—. Ten little fingers and ten little toes. Orlando [Fla.: Harcourt, 2008. Print.
Global Fund for Children. Global baby girls. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2013. Print.
Hills, Tad. Duck & Goose How Are You Feeling?. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2008. Print.
Hoban, Tana. Is it red? Is it yellow? Is it blue? : An adventure in color. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1978. Print.
Jenkins, Steve, and American Museum of Natural History. 1-2-3 dinosaur bite! : a prehistoric counting book. New York: Sterling Children’s Books, 2012. Print.
Martin, Bill. Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?. New York: H. Holt, 2007. Print.
McCarty, Peter. First snow. New York, NY: Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015. Print.
Preschool students enjoy longer format picture books and can begin to focus on selections from chapter books. To sustain interest it can be helpful to choose chapter books that have contained stories within chapters or short stories.
Cunnane, Kelly. Deep in the Sahara. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013. Print.
Hammill, Elizabeth. Over the hills and far away : a treasury of nursery rhymes. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2015. Print.
Haughton, Chris. Shh! We have a plan. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2014. Print.
Hopkins, Lee B. I am the book : poems. New York: Holiday House, 2011. Print.
Hughes, Langston. My people. New York: Ginee Seo books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. Print.
Kang, Anna. You are (not) small. New York: Two Lions, 2014. Print.
Khan, Hena. Golden domes and silver lanterns : a Muslim book of colors. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2012. Print.
Lobel, Arnold. Mouse tales. New York: Harper & Row, 1972. Print.
Milne, A A. The House at Pooh Corner. New York: Puffin Books, 1992. Print.
—. Winnie the Pooh. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Puffin Books, 1992. Print.
Lower School students are developing independence in reading and benefit enormously from reading with a family member. Successful read-alouds can range from poetry to complex chapter books. It’s also a wonderful time to introduce big concepts and spark discussion. Snuggle up and enjoy!
Bond, Michael. A bear called Paddington. New York, NY: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014. Print.
DiCamillo, Kate. The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2006. Print.
Divakaruni, Chitra B. Grandma and the great gourd : a Bengali folk tale. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2013. Print.
Eager, Edward. Half magic. San Diego, Calif.: Harcourt Brace, 1999. Print.
Fleming, Candace. Clever Jack takes the cake. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010. Print.
Grey, Mini. The very smart pea and the princess-to-be. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Print.
Hoberman, Mary A. Very short fables to read together. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Print.
Jansson, Tove, and Thomas Warburton. Tales from Moominvalley. New York: Square Fish, 2010. Print.
Lee, H C. Beauty and the beast : a retelling. 2014. Print.
Lin, Grace. Starry River of the Sky. New York: Little, Brown, 2012. Print.
—. Where the mountain meets the moon. New York: Little, Brown, 2011. Print.
McGhee, Alison. Firefly Hollow. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. Print.
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.
Norton, Mary. Bed-knob and broomstick. San Diego: Harcourt, 1990. Print.
Schlitz, Laura A. The night fairy. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2010. Print.
Snicket, Lemony. Who could that be at this hour?. New York: Little, Brown, 2012. Print.