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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 A Library
Nikki
Giovanni
Erin Robinson

In what other place can a child "sail their dreams" and "surf the rainbow" without ever leaving the room? This ode to libraries is a celebration for everyone who loves stories, from seasoned readers to those just learning to love words, and it will have kids and parents alike imagining where their library can take them. This inspiring read-aloud includes stunning illustrations and a note from Nikki Giovanni about the importance of libraries in her own childhood.

Cover of This Book Will Get You To
Jory
John
Olivier Tallec

Attention, reader: This book is going to make you tired! It will calm you down! Yes, this book will put you to sleep! How? Easy. There are monster trucks dashing across the pages. There are sheep being chased by dragons. There are electric guitars wailing throughout. Plus so much more! Yep. All the typical stuff that makes you sleepy. So ... are you asleep yet? No? Well, maybe another method would work better ... So read on, and it's guaranteed you'll start to snooze!

Cover of Mina
Matthew
Forshythe

Mina the mouse is very upset when her father brings home a pet "squirrel" that she is certain is a cat.

Cover of Knight Owl
Christopher
Denise

After achieving his dream of becoming a knight, a small owl protects the castle from a hungry dragon.

Cover of Bathe the Cat
Alice
McGinty
David Roberts

Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do before grandma comes, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the family is mowing the floor, vacuuming the lawn, mopping the baby--and the house is in chaos.

Cover of Cornbread & Poppy
Matthew
Cordell

Cornbread LOVES planning. Poppy does not. Cornbread ADORES preparing. Poppy does not. Cornbread IS ready for winter. Poppy...is not. But Cornbread and Poppy are the best of friends, so when Poppy is left without any food for the long winter, Cornbread volunteers to help her out. Their search leads them up, up, up Holler Mountain, where these mice might find a new friend...and an old one.

Cover of El Toro & Friends Team Up
Raúl the Third

El Toro and friends make a great team! But that wasn't always the case. A long time ago, they went to Ricky Ratón's School of Lucha, learning everything from strength training to patience. When it comes time for one final test, El Toro and friends have to decide whether working alone is the best way to go or if teaming up might make things easier...and more fun!

Cover of Endlessly Ever After
Laurel
Snyder
Dan Santat

In this rhyming mash-up of many fairy tales, the reader is invited to follow Rosie down the many possible paths which may lead to a sleeping maiden, a hungry wolf, a girl locked in a tower, or a goose that lays golden eggs--but with some luck, and some smart choices, Rosie may save herself and her fellow fairy tale characters.

Cover of Catalina Incognito
Jennifer
Torres

Eight-year-old Catalina Castañeda uses Tía Abuela's sewing kit to turn ordinary clothing into a magical disguise, enabling her to uncover a thief at the local library.

Cover of She Persisted series

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds. A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.