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Great Read Alouds

Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about. -Reading Rockets

Cover of Change Sings: A Children's
Amanda
Gorman
Loren Long
2021

A young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey as they learn that they have the power to make changes – big or small – in the world, in their communities, and – most importantly – in themselves.

Cover of The Dragon Thief
Zetta
Elliott
Geneva B
2019

Told in two voices, Jax and Kavita, Kavita's brother Vik, and new friend Kenny try to return the baby dragon to the realm of magic before anything else goes wrong. This is the sequel to Dragons in a Bag.

Cover of Milo Imagines the World
Matt
de la Peña
Christian Robinson
2021

While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.

Cover of Ways to Make Sunshine
Renée
Watson
2020

The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones.

Cover of Our Friend Hedgehog: The S
Lauren
Castillo
2020

When a storm separates Hedgehog from her lifelong friend, Mutty, she bravely sets out to find him and makes some very good new friends in the process.

Cover of Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to
Dawn
Quigley
Tara Audibert
2021

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. 

Cover of Time for Kenny
Brian
Pinkney
2021

During his busy day, Kenny gets dressed, fights his fear of the vacuum cleaner, gets a soccer lesson from his sister, and prepares for bed, with his loving family always near.

Cover of We Are Water Protectors
Carole
Lindstrom
Michaela Goade
2020

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.

Cover of Stuntboy, In the Meantime
Jason
Reynolds
Raúl the Third
2021

Portico Reeves' secret identity as Stuntboy allows him to use his superpower to keep everybody safe, but when his  parents start fighting a lot he feels the responsibility to save them.

Cover of A Big Bed for Little Snow
Grace
Lin
2019

When winter comes, Mommy makes a soft bed for Little Snow to sleep on, but each night he cannot resist jumping on the bed, causing tiny feathers to fly down.

Cover of Everybody in the Red Brick
Anne
Wynter
Oge Mora
2021

In the middle of the night, a chain reaction of noises wakes the residents of an urban apartment building, and then lulls them back to sleep.