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Outstanding Read-Alouds

A wonderful way to bond with your children and cultivate a love of reading is to read often to your children.

Tired of reading princess and superhero stories?  Following is a list of outstanding Read-Alouds for kids ages 4 – 8.  Those marked with an “E” are easy-readers.

Books Especially for Kids Ages 4 – 8

  • Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas: Three little dragons have a hard time going to sleep. E
  • Get Well, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas:  Three little dragons are sick.  E
  • Happy Birthday, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas:  Three little dragons try to make birthday presents.  E
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel: Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a ridiculous owl.  Very funny! E
  • Small Pig by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly pig.  Very funny!  E
  • The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins:  A dog digs up everything.  Very funny!  E
  • No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion:  A dog gets an ugly sweater as a present.  Very funny!  E
  • Harry, The Dirty Dog: A dog enjoys getting dirty for a day.  E
  • Harry by the Sea:  A dog has silly adventures by the ocean.  Very funny!  E
  • Harry and the Lady Next Door!  Harry the dog has an opera singer for a next-door neighbor.  Very funny! 
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss:  Everyone’s heard of The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but these stories are fantastic also and very funny!
  • Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss: Another great tale by Dr. Seuss.
  • The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack: Duck in China in danger of becoming duck dinner.
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf: Bull in Spain selected for a bull fight.
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter:  A rabbit gets into trouble in a garden.
  • Beatrix Potter:  The Complete Tales:  All of Beatrix Potter’s stories are wonderful.
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback:  Joseph learns to make the most of an old coat.
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey:  A girl and her mother have an adventure while picking blueberries.
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey:  Two ducks have a hard time finding a home for their soon-to-be baby chicks.

Books Especially for Kids ages 7 & 8.

  • Tales of King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone by Hudson Talbott:  Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Tales of King Arthur: Excalibur by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Tales of King Arthur: King Arthur and the Round Table by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Lancelot by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward:  A boy goes out to hunt a bear and brings home a bear cub instead.
  • Aesop’s Fables (Many versions of these fables are available by many authors.)  Creative “thinking” stories for children.
  • Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights by N.J. Dawood (This is not the Disney version.)
  • The Flying Carpet by Marcia Brown (Another story from Arabian Nights.)

Most of these books can be found at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Children who read during the summer can get rewarded through the Library’s summer reading game.  See this link for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/summerreading/docs/SRFlyer2012.pdf

Posted by Gwen Fredette, July 17, 2012

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