Favorite Books: Read-Aloud Books

This is part 5 of my 5 part series of favorite books.

  • Part 1: Audiobooks
  • Part 2: Picture Books
  • Part 3: Easy Readers
  • Part 4: Chapter Books
  • Part 5: Read-Aloud Books

I must say, I am a HUGE fan of juvenile literature! There are so many really great books out there written for kids and youth, and reading with my kids is one of my all-time favorite parental activities.

If you look at the other parts of this list, you will see some overlap with this list, because MANY of the books listed in Parts 1-4 are also great read-aloud books, but I’ll try to share a few of my very top favorite favorites here.

Picture Books:

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton – This is a very simple and cute book for babies and toddlers, but every time I read this, my kids would start dancing around. It was awesome.

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can you? by Dr. Seuss – A very fun read-aloud book, making funny sounds, encouraging kids to make the sounds with me.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems – Another great book for kid participation. They always enjoyed saying “NO!” every time the pigeon asked to drive the bus.

Millions of Cats by Wanga G’ag – This was a family favorite.

Cockatoos by Quentin Blake – Kids loved helping find and count the cockatoos in the illustrations.

Easy Chapter Books:

Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynn Reid Banks – Fun story about a centipede and his pal who get themselves into and out of a variety of exciting situations

Harry’s Mad by Dick King Smith – We really enjoyed all the books by Dick King Smith, but this might be my favorite to read aloud.

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White – This was one of the first chapter books I read aloud to my kids. We all loved it.

Akimbo book series by Alexander McCall Smith – A great series that we all really enjoyed.

Other Chapter Books:

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Mysterious Benedict Society (series) by Trenton Lee Stewart

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman