Old Favorites to Read Aloud

See also Chapter Books to Read Aloud

For further suggestions, see The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, J PARENTS' CORNER 372.6 TRE and 372.6 TRE—upstairs


Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper's Penguins J FIC ATW, J FIC NEWBERY ATW, and J PB A
An impossibly tall story about a man and his penguins.

Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan J FIC BAR, J FIC BAR and other editions
The three Darling children visit Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Along with the lost boys, they encounter pirates, Indians, and one very hot-tempered fairy.

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and sequels) J FIC BAU and J FIC BAU and other editions
Travel to Oz with Dorothy, where she meets men of straw and steel, witches, flying monkeys, and others, as she tries to find her way home. Or visit later, and see more of Dorothy's old friends as they have new adventures with new friends (and enemies).

Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington (series) J FIC BON
Life for the Browns is never dull with the endearing Paddington Bear around. His light-hearted adventures are always amusing.

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg J FIC BUT and J PB B
When twelve year old Nate Twitchell takes care of a gigantic egg laid by one of his hens, he is shocked to find that it hatches into a triceratops.

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest and other Henry, Beezus, and Mouse titles J FIC CLE and J PB C
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Dahl, Roald. The BFG and all others J FIC DAH and J PB D
Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Eager, Edward. Half Magic (and other magic titles) J FIC EAG and J PB E
Children discover magical objects that take them on exciting adventures.

Enright, Elizabeth. The Saturdays J FIC ENR and J PB E
Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.

Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats (and others) J FIC EST and J FIC EST
Children, their families, and their pets find small pleasures and adventures in their everyday lives.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father's Dragon (series) J FIC GAN and  J PB G
A delightful story about a boy who rescues a sweet young dragon from her enemies through the judicious use of the unlikely items he has stored in his knapsack.

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking (series) J FIC LIN and  J PB L
Pippi's books relate the hilarious escapades of an independent little girl who lives on her own with a horse and a monkey at the edge of a Swedish village.

MacDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (series) J FIC MAC and J PB M
She can cure a difficult child of just about anything, including selfishness, talking back and never wanting to go to bed.

McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price J FIC MCC and J PB M
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.

Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables (series) J FIC MON and J FIC MON (and other editions)
An orphaned 11-year-old girl is accidentally sent to Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew to be adopted, where her spirit, imagination, and tendency to get into "scrapes" endears her to the entire town of Avonlea.

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers J FIC NOR and J PB N and J PB EASY N
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square (series) J FIC NEWBERY SEL and J PB S
Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, moves into the Bellini's newspaper stand in New York City. His escapades at first threaten to ruin the stand, ultimately lead to the stand's greatest success.

Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family (series) J FIC TAY and  J PB T
The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s.

White, E.B. Charlotte's Web & others J FIC WHI and J PB W
A slightly sad, yet hopeful tale. When he discovers that he is destined to be someone's dinner, Wilbur the pig is desolate until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him. Also try Stuart Little, about a family with a son who is a mouse, and Trumpet of the Swan, about a mute swan who learns to play the trumpet.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods (series) J FIC WIL and J PB W
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors. Sequels and adaptations have been written by other authors including: Cynthia Rylant (J FIC RYL), Roger Lea MacBride (J PB W), Melissa Wiley (J FIC WIL), Maria D. Wilkes ( J FIC WIL). For younger readers there is a picture book series "My First Little House Books" J PIC WIL. For a Native-American perspective on this time period see The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (J FIC ERD).