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I just love a good book list! And discovering a new book that is a great read-aloud is the best thing ever. So that’s what I’m sharing today – our favorite read-aloud books for kids – taken directly from our read-aloud lists from TJ’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade years. We go through piles of books and audio books each year – some we absolutely adore, others that are just okay, and a very few we never even bother to finish. This list of 40 books (actually more than that since some are the first in a series and we enjoyed the other books in the series as well) are the ones that we loved – our very favorite read-aloud books for kids.
I’ve loved sharing the books I remember from my own childhood but it’s just as fun to discover new books that I didn’t read as a child. Classic books are timeless for a reason and even though these are children books I’m sure that they are just as delightful to adults! I have one daughter so many of our read-alouds are ‘girl-focused’ but lots of these are great reads for everyone so get ready to dive into a great new book with your kids!
Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Kids
- In Grandma’s Attic (series)
- Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories
- Betsy-Tacy (series)
- All-of-a-Kind Family
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- Charlotte’s Web
- Stuart Little
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- The Trumpet of the Swan
- Beezus and Ramona (and other Ramona books)
- The Light Princess
- Peter Pan
- 101 Dalmations
- Gooney Bird Greene (and other Gooney Bird books)
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (series)
- Five Children and It
- Ginger Pye
- Peter and the Starcatchers (series)
- Pippi Longstocking
- The Secret Garden
- Homer Price
- Misty of Chincoteague
- Nurse Matilda
- The Candymakers
- Half Magic
- The Saturdays
- Ella Enchanted
- Understood Betsy
- The Ordinary Princess
- The Wheel on the School
- The Incredible Journey
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- Black Beauty
- The Hobbit
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Caddie Woodlawn
For even more book ideas check out our other lists:
Do you have any favorites that you would add to our list?
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