Read Aloud Books: Tried and True to Share With My New Grandsons!

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”  Paul Sweeney

I received this quote many years ago from my very first principal. It has been displayed on my bulletin board in my office all these years. A good book is like a friend.  A friend has a special place in your heart as does a favorite book. You can go revisit the book again and again to still get the same wonderful feeling and enthusiasm you did as the very first time the book was read.

 A little over a year ago I posted a list of my very fond and favorite read aloud books for children. I think this is a very appropriate time in my life and that of my family as our two oldest daughters and their husbands will very shortly become parents for the first time. I can hardly await the excitement and anticipation of becoming a first time grandmother and I know I may speak for my husband as he too will be a first time grandfather!  Sarah and Samantha know I won’t disappoint them when it comes to supplying books for each of their respective newborn sons.  I can already envision myself introducing each of the following books to Bryce and Kashton.  I can’t wait to acquaint these favorite tried and true stories with the boys.  Each tale holds a special place in my heart that I will soon share and expose to my grandsons.  Books have always played such an integral part in the lives of my daughters and our family from their infancy into adulthood.  The thought of continuing this tradition with Bryce and Kashton brings tears to my eyes as I am writing this post. 

Over the past 30+ years being a school librarian I’ve read numerous books. Several of these books make up the list below as some of my favorite read aloud books for children from pre-school to third grade. When I stop to think I’ve read several of these for all of these years it is a little mind boggling! Before I begin reading to the students I find myself saying, “This is one my favorite books!” There is always a child in the group responding, “Mrs. Parker you say they are all your favorites!” Quite true! If I don’t find a special connection to the book I’m reading then it doesn’t come across to the students. My excitement for a story carries over to them. I can see it on their faces and in their reactions.  For example, at the end of, The Araboolies of Liberty Street, by Sam Swope, each time I have read it, the students still clap and cheer as the army comes in and take away General and Mrs. Pinch! Or, each time I have read, Little Orphant Annie, by James Whitcomb Riley, the expression on their faces as they wait in anticipation for me to say, “And the goblins will get you, ‘ef you don’t watch out!” This story in particular has been a favorite with my own three girls when they were young. I could share  countless memories about each of these books!

The following special titles were the books that jumped out at me as I perused my read aloud list. Certain books carry an extraordinary message which is significant to me. Others are just entertaining books to read. Each one was almost saying, “Don’t forget to tell people about me!” If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, a teacher, or a librarian, (hope I haven’t forgotten anyone!) enjoy my list of favorite books to read aloud with someone special in your life!

Product Details  The Araboolie’s of Liberty Street by Sam Swope

Product Details   Bad Kitty  by Nick Bruel

Product Details Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

Product Details  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

 Product Details  Dinotrux by Chris Gall

 Product Details  Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack

Product Details Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

 Product Details I Stink! by Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan

 Product Details King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Don Wood and Audrey Wood

Product Details  The Library Dragon by Carmen Deedy

Product Details  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

 Product Details Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

Product Details  The Little Red Hen by James Pinkney

 Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear  by Ken Kesey

Product Details  Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Product Details  Lousy Rotten Stinkin Grapes  by Margie Palatini

Product Details Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed

Product Details  Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra

Product Details  Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

Product Details   Monster Goose by Judy Sierra

 Product Details Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow and Maurice Sendak

 Product Details My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman

  Product Details Old Black Fly  by Jim Aylesworth

 Product Details  Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann

Product Details  Rhyming Dust Bunnies  by Jan Thomas

Product Details   Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

 Product Details The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra

Product Details  Sheep in a Jeep  by Nancy Shaw

Product Details  Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch

Product Details   Truckery Rhymes  by John Scieszka

Product Details  The Widow’s Broom   by Chris Van Allsburg

 Product Details The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg

 Product Details Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Happy Reading!!


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