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Good Books to Read Aloud

From PBS ‘Between the Lions’ Show

Ideally, enthusiasm for reading begins at a young age. A baby or toddler whose parents read aloud learns early to associate reading with pleasure. The child who reads for pleasure is the child most likely to do well in school.

Give your child a jumpstart on success and read aloud every day. Here is a selection of books that makes reading aloud a rewarding experience for both reader and listener.

  • Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger. A joyous story about a young boy who uses his ukulele to tame a monster.
  • Abuela by Arthur Dorros. A little girl and her grandmother enjoy a fantastic adventure flying over New York City.
  • Amos and Boris by William Steig. Amos the mouse and Boris the whale are two unlikely friends.
  • Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno. Plenty to look at - and count!
  • Baboon by Kate Banks. A mother baboon teaches her child about the world.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. This rhyming story is a favorite with preschoolers.
  • Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury. Babies will enjoy this playful book.
  • Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse. When the city sizzles, everyone hopes for rain.
  • Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. A glorious celebration of fruits and vegetables from A to Z.
  • Five Little Ducks by Raffi. Sing along with a familiar childhood song.
  • Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack. Feisty Flossie outwits a creature who calls himself a fox.
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews. A train goes from day to night and from city to country.
  • George and Martha by James Marshall. Two friends stick together, despite disagreements.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The gentle bedtime story loved by generations of children.
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri. Toddlers will enjoy this tale of a mother duck who looks for her baby.
  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho. A story for bedtime.
  • Julius: The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. At first, Lily doesn't like her new baby brother.
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham. When Mr. Gumpy decides to go on a boat ride, many friends decide to come along.
  • "More, More, More" Said the Baby by Vera Williams. A celebration of the love that families share.
  • My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie. A collection of nursery rhymes.
  • The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey. A young boy makes his way early in the morning to deliver the paper.
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. A crowd of rowdy relatives comes for a summer visit.
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. A little bat learns that families can come in all shapes, sizes - and species.
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. The story of a bull who just wanted to smell the flowers.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A little caterpillar eats and eats until it becomes a beautiful butterfly.
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. When Max is naughty he is sent straight to bed, but ends up "where the wild things are."
  • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill. Babies and toddlers will especially like this story of a mother who looks for her puppy at dinnertime.

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