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Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss
Use every occasion, birthdays, holidays, all celebrations big and small, to place a book in your child?s hands or to bring as a gift each time you visit a friend.


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Owen

Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Greenwillow 1993

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Owen loves Fuzzy, his blanket, and takes it wherever he goes, until one day, before he starts school, everyone tries to have him leave his beloved blanket at home. MORE...


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Little Rat Makes Music

by Monika Bang-Campbell

Illustrated by Molly Bang

Harcourt Children's Books 2007

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Little Rat hates to practice but loves to make music with her new violin. The book emphasizes hard work and perseverance. An elegant first chapter book. MORE...


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A Visitor for Bear

by Bonny Becker

Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Bear tries to keep out visitors to his house, but his efforts are undermined by a very persistent mouse. This is a comedy about how the mouse just won't let Bear eat his breakfast in peace. MORE...


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A Splendid Friend, Indeed!

by Suzanne Bloom

Boyds Mills Press 2005

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Bear is trying to spend a quiet day reading, writing and thinking, but this plan is soon interrupted by the arrival of Goose, who can?t help but talk about how exciting these activities are. MORE...


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Little Fur Family

by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Garth Williams

HarperFestival; Rei Boxed edition 1985

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

?There was a little family warm as toast, smaller than most, in little fur coats and they lived in a warm wooden tree.? This classic tale, in a new edition covered with warm brown furry fabric, will be hugged by your child. Don?t miss Garth Williams? illustrations. MORE...


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Yummy, Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

by Lucy Cousins

Illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This wonderful collection of classic stories is boldly illustrated by the author, Lucy Cousins. Yummy is easy to read aloud and best suited for listeners age four or five. This book is a must have for families wanting to acquaint their young ones with widely read fairy-tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and Three Little Pigs. MORE...


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Cat

by Matthew Van Fleet

Illustrated by Brian Stanton

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

For cat lovers everywhere, brilliantly photographed with simple descriptions and moveable parts. A book all kids will enjoy. MORE...


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Moon Bear

by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Illustrated by Ed Young

Henry Holt and Company 2010

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

"Who scratches the birch tree and licks oozing sap? Hungry moon bear." Exquisite illustrations of moon bear follow his moods throughout the book, like sleepy, hungry, curious, and grumpy. The ending provides pictures of real moon bears in danger of becoming extinct, with notes on how to help these beautiful bears. MORE...


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Silly Suzy Goose

by Petr Horacek

Candlewick 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This delightful Suzy Goose who ventures from her flock because she wants to be ?different?, tries to jump like a kangaroo, stretch high like a giraffe, and swim under water like a seal until she roars like a lion and he chases her back to the others, just in time. Full of action and beautiful graphics, this new picture book by a Czech illustrator will be a winner. MORE...


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Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

by James Howe

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Candlewick Press 2010

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

In the best tradition of first chapter books like Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat are special friends who love to ride bikes and ride in a boat. But they have a dilemma: Houndsley doesn't ride a bike, and Catina is afraid of water because she can't swim. Luckily, their bird friend helps them solve the puzzle. MORE...


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Whose Mouse Are You?

by Robert Kraus

Illustrated by Jose Aruego

Aladdin; 1st Aladdin Books ed edition 1986

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

An endearing story of a little mouse who feels the need for attention when a new baby brother arrives at his home, is a classic story that no one should miss. MORE...


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The Birthday Ball

by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010

Ages: All ages

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

"Please don't be so vicious, Delicious" pleads Princess Patricia Priscilla to her cat when she is so terribly bored with her royal life. In this amusing novel, a perfect read-aloud for 8+ readers and adults, we see the princess change places with her chambermaid and attend the village school in disguise. The events humorously build up as she has to choose a suitor from an unsuitable group of young men for her 16th birthday ball. We delight in a surprising ending and the values and friendships between the characters this marvelous story holds for its readers. Not to forget the engaging pen and ink illustrations by Jules Feiffer that bring these characters to life. MORE...


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Raining Cats and Dogs

by Will Moses

Philomel Books 2008

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Children often wonder why someone "gets in a pickle," or "has cold feet." In trademark folk art style, Will Moses sheds some light on these wonderful sayings. A book that is especially worthwhile for children who are learning the language as well as those who are fascinated with interesting sayings. For example, "Feeling Blue means: Feeling sad. Just thinking about six more weeks of winter had poor old Ben and his cat and dog - and mouse - feeling blue." MORE...


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Posy

by Linda Newbery

Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

Atheneum Books for Young Children 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Posy, a "sofa scratcher," "ice-cream guzzler," and "cushion crawler," carefully pounces and bounces through this book in intriguing watercolors. MORE...


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Blueberries for the Queen

by John PatersonKatherine Paterson

Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

HarperCollins 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Based on a true family story when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands came for the summer to New England to escape the hardships of World War II, William picks some fresh blueberries from his farm and presents it to her. In reaching out to his neighbor, he, at such a young age, begins to make his own ?peace effort?. MORE...


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Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere

by Phyllis Root

Illustrated by David Walker

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

In a joyful rhyme, baby animals squeak, bark, fly, swim, wiggle, and rumble with the help of their mothers. MORE...


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Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest

by Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by Sucie Stevenson

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Annie can't wait to show her new cousin the nest full of baby birds. This is a wonderful first chapter book for children who are beginning to read. MORE...


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The Snow Day

by Komako Sakai

Arthur A. Levine Books 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Reminiscent of Keats' The Snowy Day, Japanese artist Komako Sakai paints a snow day when a little rabbit stays home from kindergarten to make snow monsters and play with his mother while he waits for his father to get home. MORE...


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Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

by Barney Saltzberg

Candlewick Press 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Cornelius P. Mud is introduced to his new baby brother who can't do anything that Cornelius likes. The book touches on sibling rivalry at the arrival of a new baby: "I wish we could send him back." It has a lovely ending, though. Especially good for the new arrival of a baby brother. MORE...


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Always

by Ann Stott

Illustrated by Matt Phelan

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This story shows the everyday range of a child's behavior and the unconditional quality of a parent's love. MORE...


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The House in the Night

by Susan Marie Swanson

Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2008

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Reminiscent of Goodnight Moon, this goodnight book illuminates nighttime objects in a house before the child dozes off to sleep. Elegant black and white illustrations with just a hint of gold highlight the objects. MORE...


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God's Dream

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Candlewick Press 2008

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

This book introduces readers to Archbishop Tutu's message of forgiveness and empathy, and welcomes them to a pathway toward joy. MORE...