Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. You can read more about the initiative and how you can join in at LitWorld. Today we have Guest Librarian Aleece from Round Lake Area Public Library sharing some of her favorite books to read aloud. Pick them up from your local library and share a story aloud with your own children.
Any time you read a story out loud it needs to draw in the attention of the listener. Whether you are reading to one child or a full room of children they still need that same hook. Some books get kids involved in the story and some have humor that will have kids and adults laughing throughout or some even have rhymes and music. All are signs that they are great books to be read aloud to kids. There are so many to choose from here are just a few that will get kids involved, have some laughs and overall kids will have a good time listening to these great stories.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little Chicken is getting ready for bed but cannot fall asleep unless she hears a bedtime story. Her Papa warns her not to interrupt the stories. Papa tries to read Little Chicken Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Chicken Little, but each time Little Chicken interrupts the story.
This is a great story to read aloud and will get laughs from both adults and children. The stories that Little Chicken listens to will be familiar to some kids. However, it is possible that it could spark an idea to interrupt other classics in the future and put their own spin on the Little Interrupting Chicken.
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Roar I’m a Dinosaur! Dinosaur defeats the pile of leaves, his spaghetti and even brushing his teeth but can he defeat his next opponent, Bedtime?
This is a great book that shows how daily activities can be made even better when you’re a dinosaur (real or imaginary). Kids can roar right along with dinosaur throughout this story and have fun while he wins against daily activities. There are other wonderful Dinosaur books in this series that have even more fun in store.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
When the bus driver is away pigeon will try everything in his power to get the reader (and listeners) to let him drive the bus.
Kids will have fun telling the pigeon NO! over and over again and they may even start to laugh along the way because some of his bribes and antics are just too funny not to. For kids that like Pigeon there are plenty more silly antics waiting to be read in Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and the newest installment Pigeon Needs a Bath.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Illustrated by James Dean
Pete loves his white shoes, but something unexpected happens, he steps in strawberries and it turns his shoes red. What is Pete to do?
This is a great book that teaches kids colors, a good lesson for when the unexpected happens everything will still be ok, and has music to go along with it. Kids will love singing along with this story as well as having fun learning along the way. For kids who can’t get enough of Pete the Cat, there are plenty more to learn and sing along to, such as, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Something is wrong with George. Instead of barking he meowed. What is a mother to do but take him to the vet only to discover that the problem is that he swallowed a cat.
Kids will laugh out loud at this silly dog, George for all of his mismatched animal sounds that he says. The reader and the listener can interact a lot with this book and kids can learn what animal is supposed to make the sound that George is saying. After all, you never know what George is going to say next.
Want more great read aloud books? Come check out your local library. Not only are there tons of books waiting to be discovered but there are programs that your local libraries have, like storytime. These wonderful programs give kids the opportunity to hear more read aloud books in a group setting and a chance to participate and maybe learn something new. Remember picture books are not the only great read aloud books. There are always plenty more to discover.
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