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Read Aloud Recommendations

One of my favorite things to do with my kids when they were younger was READ!  We would check out a big stack of picture books from the local library and dive in.

One of my favorite memories of my son (he attended morning kindergarten) is a day when he said, "Mom, why don't you make yourself a cup of coffee, and let's read!"  So we did! Who could resist that request :)

Here are a few of our favorites-- I would love to hear what your favorites are, too!!

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Black

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum by Kevin by Henkes

Poppleton and Friends (I can read) by Cynthia Rylant

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Don and Audrey Wood

Pigeon Books, and Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish

You are Special by Max Lucado

Naughty Little Monkeys by Jim Aylesworth

Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lilian Hoban

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

I'm Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen


  1. Great list! My kids loved anything by Kevin Henkes and Amelia Bedelia, for sure:)

  2. Thanks, Jackie! I appreciate your friendship in this "writer's world." I decided to create this page after seeing what you had done with your blog. It made me want to go and check out all of your recommendations in the middle grade category. :)

  3. A lot of these are new to me, but I do remember Amelia Bedelia, The Red Ripe Strawberry and Hungry Bear. Even though I read these to my children as well as those at school, I thoroughly enjoyed them myself.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Dad!