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 Book Poster Image
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2012)
(2011)
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Goodnight Moon Book Poster Image
Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2004)
(1947)
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There's a Wocket in My Pocket Book Poster Image
This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1974)
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Will You Be My Friend? Book Poster Image
Warm, happy adventure is sequel to beloved picture book.
By Sam McBratney
(2020)
(2020)
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The Book with No Pictures Book Poster Image
No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.
By B.J. Novak
(2014)
(2014)
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Go, Dog. Go! Book Poster Image
Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(2012)
(1961)
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Hug Machine Book Poster Image
Sweetly funny hugger's tale is irresistible read-aloud.
By Scott Campbell
(2014)
(2014)
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Llama Llama Time to Share Book Poster Image
Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.
By Anna Dewdney
(2012)
(2012)
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck Book Poster Image
Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.
By Alice Schertle
(2019)
(2019)
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Green Eggs and Ham Book Poster Image
A childhood favorite for good reason.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1960)
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Interrupting Chicken Book Poster Image
Funny award-winning book imparts gentle manners lesson.
By David Ezra Stein
(2011)
(2010)
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Book Poster Image
2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.
By Philip C. Stead
(2011)
(2010)
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Natalie Portman's Fables Book Poster Image
Familiar tales get a cute new spin in lively picture book.
By Natalie Portman
(2020)
(2020)
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Rainbow Magic Series Book Poster Image
Friends' fairy adventures are fun intro to fantasy.
By Daisy Meadows
(2015)
(2005)
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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True Book Poster Image
Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.
By Gerald Morris
(2012)
(2011)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Poster Image
Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.
By Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
(2017)
(2016)
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Stuart Little Book Poster Image
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
(1945)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends Book Poster Image
Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2012)
(2004)
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The Wind in the Willows Book Poster Image
Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(2003)
(1908)
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Dragons in a Bag, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.
By Zetta Elliott
(2020)
(2018)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
Magical adventure has stereotypes, offensive language.
By J.M. Barrie
(2003)
(1904)
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Skunk and Badger, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny tale of offbeat animal friendship has kindness, depth.
By Amy Timberlake
(2020)
(2020)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2003)
(2004)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
(2016)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Book Poster Image
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(2003)
(1865)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(2004)
(1999)
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The BFG Book Poster Image
Girl befriends goodhearted giant in funny fantasy.
By Roald Dahl
(2019)
(2006)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Book Poster Image
Unusual, compelling tale sends girl, readers on grand quest.
By Catherynne M. Valente
(2012)
(2011)
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2010)
(2009)
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