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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