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Great Read-Aloud Books for Every Age

Check out our curated list from Scholastic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey, beginning with books for your toddler all the way up to your independent reader.
on November 28, 2016

In the first installment of our new Facebook video series, Live From Our Library, Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey revealed her picks for great read-aloud books for kids of every age -- from toddlers to independent readers. Take a look at her list below. You can watch the video chat here.

Happy reading (and watching)! 

For Toddlers:

Llama Llama Mad at Mama written by Anna Dewdney

Where Did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site written by Sherri Duskey Rinker

For Ages 4 - 10: 

Tikki Tikki Tembo written by Arlene Mosel

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett

Elephant in the Dark written by Mina Javaherbin

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message written and narrated by Chief Jake Swamp

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters written by John Steptoe

No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood written by Calvin Trillin

Joyful Noise: Poems in Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Outside the Box: A Book of Poems written by Karma Wilson

A Light in the Attic written by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends written by Shel Silverstein

Falling Up written by Shel Silverstein

For Ages 10 - 13: 

The Arabian Nights: Tales From a Thousand and One Nights, various translations

Slacker by Gordon Korman

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

STAT (series) by Amar’e Stoudemire

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Book of the Dead (TombQuest series) by Michael Northrop

Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems by Nick Cannon

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

For Ages 14 and Up: 

Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today by Lori Marie Carlson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica 

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano

For Adults: 

Beyond Bedtime Stories by V. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell K. Duke, and Annie M. Moses

One-Hundred-And-One Read Aloud Classics: Ten-Minute Readings from the World’s Best-Loved Children’s Books edited by Pamela Horn

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