In school, read-aloud books are one of the best things. Both teachers and students enjoy them. A lot of students and teachers enjoy having books read to them, and they both like to share books with their students. The best read-aloud books make their listeners feel important. There are a lot of books out there that tell students to do things they don’t want to do, which is proof that they love to break the rules. Others want the audience to get involved. They ask readers to answer out loud or participate in a call or response. Others have lyrical writing that is like poetry and begs to be read aloud.
Here is a list of read-aloud books that are good for kids in elementary school. Whether they’re picture books or long chapter books, all of them are sure to be a hit with kids.
by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is a master of meter and rhythm. His books are meant to be read aloud, and he is very good at that. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, Yertle the Turtle, and The Lorax are some of the best to read to a group of excited listeners. Wes Tank is a rapper who raps Dr. Seuss books over Dr. Dre beats on YouTube. It’s very impressive.
Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
This alphabet book is written in a way that makes you want to read it out loud. A challenges the other letters to race up a coconut tree, but it ends in a lot of trouble for them all. The whole alphabet is covered twice, so it’s also a good way to teach kids.
by Mo Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! are two of the Pigeon books. People who write these books have to leave, but they ask kids to keep an eye on Pigeon. If young people read the rest of the book, Pigeon wants them to let him do what he’s not supposed to do. It’s fun for people to say “No!” when the Pigeon asks to drive the bus for the tenth time.
by Nick Bruel
A book called Bad Kitty is another alphabet book that goes through the whole alphabet at least four times. As soon as Kitty learns that his humans have run out of food for him, he goes from being nice to being naughty. Kitty makes up for the trouble he caused.
by Mo Willems
When Nanette makes her first solo trip to the bakery to buy a baguette, Willems fans will love her. She gets the baguette and eats it on the way home. Find a hidden Pigeon Easter egg in the pictures, and then look for it As you read this, be ready to laugh. This one is very funny, so be ready to laugh.
There’s a Hole in the Log at the Bottom of the Lake
by Loren Long
This book is based on the song of the same name. “There’s a log at the bottom of the lake.” Each page adds to this text. “There is a fish near the fly that has gnats on it, and there is a fish near where the frog has gnats on it.” It has tongue twisters and a lot of repetition to get people excited and involved.
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
by Mike Artell and illustrated by Jim Harris
Before you show off your reading skills to your students, you might want to give this one a try. The text is written in a way that makes it easier for you to do so. If you read this story, you’ll see a gator named Claude instead of the Big Bad Wolf. Petite Rouge is on her way to bring Grand-Mère some gumbo.
Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
Neil Gaiman seems to be able to write for everyone. When a father goes out to buy milk, he meets aliens, pirates, and a lot more on his way home.
by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Enjoy this cute little book about a snail who finds carrots in his dinner salad. You can use your French accent while you read this book. As in Green Eggs and Ham, when our snail friend finally tries the carrots, he ends up liking them.
This Book Will Not Be Fun
by Cirocco Dunlap and Olivier Tallec
It’s a mouse who tells us the story, and he promises us a peaceful and orderly reading experience. The whale that eats words shows up. The lights go out. As things in the book get out of hand, the mouse is getting more and more stressed.
Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom
by Jon Rocco
He gets his powers from having red hair. Rocco, the superhero in the book, has the same last name as the author. A barber cuts off his hair one day, and Rocco is no longer powerful. The text is a lot of fun, and the illustrations are sure to make a young person want to read it.
My Name is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Yoon, a Korean girl who moved to the United States, loves how her name looks in Korean characters, but it doesn’t look right in English. If they don’t fit well, she tries on different names in her new country to see if they do. Important: This is a story about how it feels to not fit in, and it’s a good way to teach people to be kind.
Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George
These five books are called Tuesdays at the Castle. This book starts them all off. A magical Castle Glower grows every Tuesday, adding new rooms and turrets, as well as hidden paths. Princess Celie is in love with the castle and takes the time each Tuesday to map its changes, which comes in handy when the king and queen disappear. In this book, a child has a fantasy that is pure, fun, and heartfelt. It is a good book to read aloud.
by Pete Seeger and illustrated by Michael Hays
In this picture book, a South African folk story and lullaby are turned into a picture book. As a child, a young boy and his magician father are outcasts in their town. Then, a huge monster comes and saves the day for the two of them! The father and son use their skills to save the town and earn the town’s respect. If it was written by Pete Seeger, it’s no surprise that the text is lyrical and can be read aloud.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Alexander’s bad day is one of the most well-known stories for kids. Alexander is having one of those days where nothing is going right, and he should just move. Children who read this book aloud learn the phrase “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day” and repeat it with the reader. This makes the book a favorite read-aloud.
The Disgusting Sandwich
by Gareth Edwards and illustrated by Hannah Shaw
“I can’t eat it now, it’s disgusting!” is what your audience will say as you read this story about a boy who dropped a sandwich in the park. People who pay attention to the background of each page will see a badger in the corner.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein’s poetry collections are well-known in school because they’re good books to read to your kids. The poems in Where the Sidewalk Ends are silly and irreverent, but they are also very good. There are a lot of topics that are good for kids, like a kid who watches so much TV that he turns into a TV set. They beg to be read out loud.
This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
It’s a short and very funny picture book. In it, a small fish stole the bowler hat of a much bigger fish, and he’s very proud of it. It’s fun to read about the little fish’s stories as he swims by, but the big fish comes into view, looking for his hat. Because of the dramatic irony, this book is a good one to read aloud. The little fish just doesn’t know what’s going to happen.
The Worst Princess
by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilive
Anna Kemp wrote a story about a princess who has to save herself after her prince turns out to be…meh. It’s a story for young girls about taking charge of your own future, and it’s full of fun characters that make it fun to read aloud.
Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
This broken fairy tale is sure to be a hit with kids. In the story, Rumpelstiltskin, or Rump, is a 12-year-old boy in the story. His classmates make fun of his name, which makes him a little different from the rest of them. You can turn straw into gold, but it turns out that Rump’s magic is dangerous.