We have so many books that are on our love list here in this house, but not all of them would make for a great read aloud. So I will share some of our favorite read alouds that I think would fit in this read aloud category. Some (most) are for younger kids (picture books), and some longer and more in depth for the older set. My youngest will be 6 this month and I know that some books, even read a chapter at a time, just don’t hold her interest.
Top 10 Favorite Read Alouds
All the books in this list of favorite read alouds that include a link in the descriptions are links to posts on my blog where I have written about these books. When I asked the kids about read alouds the number one, right out of their mouth pick was The Rattletrap Car so I put it first on the list. My Many Colored Days happens to be right up there with The Rattletrap Car, other than that there is no specific order to the list.
1. The Rattletrap Car ”it doesn’t go fast and it doesn’t go far”. Takes a family from a farm where everyone is “hot, hot, hot” in an old car to the lake where everyone gets “cool, cool, cool”. This book was one we received as part of a mail order book club I was in when Chloe (now almost 13) was a baby. The descriptive, silly sound words are so much fun. I had to purchase a second copy of this book because it was so much loved by Chloe that some of the pages got torn by mistake and she did not want to give it up so we needed a new one to share with the other kids.
2. My Many Colored Days This story is a great way to introduce both colors and feelings to young children. The rhyme is incredibly catchy as you can read here. This is one of those books I would easily add to every baby shower gift as a must have for little ones!
3. The Pout Pout Fish This is a book that makes you laugh out loud and smile. It’s any easy book to read aloud and have little ones join in as I talk about in a post about enjoying this book at story time.
5. 5 Little Monkeys Is a classic song/rhyme/story, but only Ava really took to loving it. She has a treasure of 5 Little Monkeys stories that she has just loved. The are fun and silly and a joy to share together. Here is a post where I share our favorite story time version.
6. Ella the Elegant Elephant Ella was a favorite of Jayden’s when he was young. He took to a light blue Carter’s brand elephant as a baby and when he was a toddler I found the Ella books. This is one of the books I had included in a previous list of Read Alouds. That list also includes a few that are not on this list that we love as well.
7. Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes This is another great book we were introduced to at story time a few years back. I can still hear the sing song tune of Mike who does story time in my head…”I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes.”
The following 3 books are one I have recently read to Ava (who will be 6 this month) for our Mother/Daughter Book Club. Each one became one of our favorite read alouds. We loved them all for different reasons. Pippi Longstocking is fun and fanciful, The Doll People has fantastic illustrations, and Betsy-Tacy is such a great story of childhood friendship.
8. Pippi Longstocking – I loved Pippi as a kid! Fun and fanciful, a tomboy like me. And if your child ends up loving her there are more adventures to be read in sequels like Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi of the South Seas. I also loved these movie adaptations of all the Pippi adventures.
9. The Doll People – This book inspired me to build a doll house for my oldest daughter. We were in the process of moving and she was so sad. My dad and I used all materials I had left over from our old house, things like carpeting, wall paper, paint colors and even the roofing! Then I bought dolls like the ones in the story, only one to represent each member in our family. It is a much treasured (and packed away safely) keepsake. The Doll People is a series as well, one I loved from start to finish!
10. Betsy-Tacy – This is a story of friendship, honest to goodness, little girls making playhouses, dressing up, and so much more. And like the other older books I mentioned here there are multiple Betsy Tacy books to enjoy!
Bonus Number 11: Pinkalicious
As I sit here updating this post (7 years after I wrote it) a recent reminder of some read alouds my daughter loved came to mind. I was just in the library getting a The Snowy Day out for my grandson (as alas I cannot find my copy) and stumbled upon the Pinkalicious books. I could not believe how many more they have added since my daughter was little! There is Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious, Aqualicious, Emeraldalicious, tons of easy readers and SO MUCH more!
More Reading Fun
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