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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Best Read-Aloud Picture Books

The Firekeeper's SonReading out loud is a low-cost, high-payback activity. It benefits both the reader and the listener. Lifelong bonds are often formed between people who engage in this activity. Make reading out loud a can’t-miss half hour in your home, classroom, daycare, place of worship, library, or workplace. The results may surprise you.

“Best Read Aloud Picture Books, is a new online bibliography available from the Curriculum Materials Center at Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead.  The bibliography provides lists of picture books, published between 2004 and 2008, that are highly recommended for reading aloud to children. The bibliography is divided by age levels: toddlers-age 5; ages 6-8, and ages 9-12. Each of the books has been read aloud to numerous children to obtain feedback. Each annotation includes a description of the book and details of how children and readers responded to the book.

This bibliography was supported by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association; the Wanda Gág Book Award Fund of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation, Moorhead, Minnesota; and the Livingston Lord Library.

Congratulations to the Children’s Literature Network members whose books were chosen for inclusion:

Toddlers through Age 5

Starry SafariLinda Ashman, Starry Safari (Harcourt)

Elizabeth Bluemle, My Father the Dog (Candlewick Press)

Leslie Helakoski, Big Chickens Fly the Coop (Dutton)

Lesléa Newman, Where is Bear? (Gulliver)

Lauren Stringer, Winter is the Warmest Season (Harcourt)

Ages 6 through 8

Stink SoupDerek Anderson, Romeo and Lou Blast Off (S&S)

Jill Esbaum, Stink Soup (FS&G)

Laurie Friedman, Love, Ruby Valentine (Carolrhoda)

David LaRochelle, The Best Pet of All (Dutton)

Amy Lundebrek, Under the Night Sky (Tilbury House)

Lesléa Newman, The Best Cat in the World (Eerdmans)

Ages 9 through 12

Iggy Peck, Architect

Andrea Beaty, Iggy Peck, Architect (Abrams)

Jill Esbaum, Stink Soup (FS&G)

Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Shragg, Nature’s Yucky! 2: the Desert Southwest (Mountain Press)

Amy Lundebrek, Under the Night Sky (Tilbury House)

Megan McDonald, Saving the Liberty Bell (Atheneum)

Linda Sue Park, The Firekeeper’s Son (Clarion)

Kathy-jo Wargin, The Legend of Minnesota (Sleeping Bear Press)

Kathy-jo Wargin, The Legend of Old Abe (Sleeping Bear Press)

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