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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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Goodnight Moon

age 2+

Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
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There's a Wocket in My Pocket

age 2+

This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.

By: Dr. Seuss (1974)
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Will You Be My Friend?

age 2+

Warm, happy adventure is sequel to beloved picture book.

By: Sam McBratney (2020)
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The Book with No Pictures

age 3+

No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.

By: B.J. Novak (2014)
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Go, Dog. Go!

age 3+

Go, new readers. Go!

By: P. D. Eastman (1961)
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Hug Machine

age 3+

Sweetly funny hugger's tale is irresistible read-aloud.

By: Scott Campbell (2014)
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I'm Not Scared, You're Scared!

age 3+

Funny, sweet adventure story of friendship and facing fears.

By: Seth Meyers (2022)
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Llama Llama Time to Share

age 3+

Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.

By: Anna Dewdney (2012)
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck

age 4+

Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.

By: Alice Schertle (2019)
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Green Eggs and Ham

age 4+

A childhood favorite for good reason.

By: Dr. Seuss (1960)
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Interrupting Chicken, Book 1

age 4+

Funny award-winning book imparts gentle manners lesson.

By: David Ezra Stein (2010)
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

age 4+

2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.

By: Philip C. Stead (2010)
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Natalie Portman's Fables

age 5+

Familiar tales get a cute new spin in lively picture book.

By: Natalie Portman (2020)
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Rainbow Magic Series

age 5+

Friends' fairy adventures are fun intro to fantasy.

By: Daisy Meadows (2005)
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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

age 6+

Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.

By: Gerald Morris (2011)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

age 6+

Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.

By: Roald Dahl (1964)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1

age 6+

Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.

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Stuart Little

age 6+

Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.

By: E.B. White (1945)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends

age 6+

Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.

By: Shel Silverstein (2004)
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