Read-Aloud Books

Reading together -- whether at bedtime or anytime you need a quiet, calm activity -- is a cherished ritual for many parents and their kids. Next time you're ready to curl up together, try one of our favorite read-aloud books, from gentle picture books for little ones to poetry to exciting chapter books for kids who know how to read but enjoy having an intriguing story read to them. See our list of Adventure Books for more thrilling tales and Bedtime Books for more sleep-promoting read-alouds.

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Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2012)
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The ultimate going-to-bed book.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2004)
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This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
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No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.
By B.J. Novak
(2014)
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Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(2012)
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Sweetly funny hugger's tale is irresistible read-aloud.
By Scott Campbell
(2014)
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Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.
By Anna Dewdney
(2012)
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A childhood favorite for good reason.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
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Funny award-winning book imparts gentle manners lesson.
By David Ezra Stein
(2011)
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2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.
By Philip C. Stead
(2011)
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Gorgeous Chinese folktale is a fun, memorable read.
By Arlene Mosel
(2014)
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Friends' fairy adventures are fun intro to fantasy.
By Daisy Meadows
(2015)
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Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.
By Gerald Morris
(2012)
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Silly classic is great read-aloud.
By Roald Dahl
(2006)
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Classic morality tale is highly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
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Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
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Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2012)
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Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(2003)
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Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
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This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
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Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(2003)
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A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
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Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
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Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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Unusual, compelling tale sends girl, readers on grand quest.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2012)
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