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The BFG

The BFG aka Big Friendly Giant meets a girl named Sophie. The two set off on an adventure to save the day in this excellent read-aloud.

Author

Roald Dahl

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

224

Type

First Read-Aloud

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Begin

Growly, a young bear cub, sets out on a journey to find his grandfather's long lost friend. Begin is part of a trilogy of books written at an 8-12 year old reading level.

Author

Philip Ulrich

Erin Ulrich

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

258

Type

First Read-Aloud

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Caddie Woodlawn

Based on the life of the author's grandmother, this is a book with a main character your kids will love. Caddie is an adventurer at heart.

Author

Carol Ryrie Brink

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

288

Type

First Read-Aloud

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Five lucky kids win the opportunity to go inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Charlie stands out in the crowd as he is brave, honest, and kind.

Author

Roald Dahl

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

192

Type

First Read-Aloud

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Charlotte's Web

This is the first chapter book we read aloud to our kids. It is filled with lovable characters that you are cheering for the entire book. For a deeper look into what we loved about E.B. White's classic, head on over to storywarren.com

Author

E.B. White

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

192

Type

First Read-Aloud

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The Chicken Squad

One of the easier books to read aloud on the list. The chapters are short and the language isn't complex. The story on the other hand is oh so fun! Follow the "mis"adventures of these mystery solving, crime fighting chickens.

Author

Doreen Cronin

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

112

Type

First Read-Aloud

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The Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis' timeless series continues to capture the imagination of kids and adults. Start with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (even though it is listed as book #2 in the series). The first book is a prequel and can be read later.

Author

C.S. Lewis

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

784 (for all

the books)

Type

Top Read-Aloud

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The Cricket in Times Square

A story of unlikely friends and uncovering talents, The Cricket in Times Square is a great read aloud for the whole family to enjoy together.

Author

George Selden

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

144

Type

Top Read-Aloud

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Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane

Digby O' Day and his friend Percy set out for an adventure in this tortoise and the hare-esque story.

Author

Shirley Hughes

Pages

Amazon Reviews

5 Stars

128

Type

First Read-Aloud

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Frindle

Who says a pen needs to be called a pen? Nick Allen decides to call it a "frindle" instead. The replacement word starts to spread and suddenly it's not just Nick Allen's word anymore. A great read-aloud pointing kids to the power of words.

Author

Andrew Clements

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

112

Type

Kid Approved

Read-Aloud

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The Green Ember

S.D. Smith loves to tell new stories with an old soul. This is exactly what we get with the first book of The Green Ember seriesRabbits with swords enter a page turning adventure from the very first chapter of this wonderful read-aloud.

Author

S.D. Smith

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

368

Type

Top Read-Aloud

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is a hilarious read-aloud that will keep your kids on the edge of their seats.

Author

Maryrose Wood

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.4 Stars

288

Type

Kid Approved

Read-Aloud

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

All Ralph wants to do is ride the toy motorcycle that a young boy has brought with him to the Mountain View Inn. Ralph will face lots of obstacles when he finally gets his chance to ride.

Author

Beverly Cleary

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

176

Type

First Read-Aloud

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My Father's Dragon

Elmer Elevator runs away to a wild island to rescue a baby dragon. Another quick and easy chapter book to try as your family's first read-aloud. This is book #1 of the trilogy. Find the entire series here

Author

Ruth Stiles

Gannett

Pages

Amazon Reviews

3.9 Stars

80

Type

First Read-Aloud

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The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo could have so many titles on this read-aloud list. Despereaux is her epic tale of a mouse, a rat, a servant girl, and a princess named Pea.

Author

Kate DiCamillo

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.5 Stars

272

Type

Top Read-Aloud

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The Wingfeather Saga

Follow the adventures of the Igiby children in a read-aloud full of characters with smarts, courage, and heart. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the first book in Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga series.

Author

Andrew Peterson

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

304

Type

Kid Approved

Read-Aloud

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita is a great read aloud for older kids. It is a graphic novel with tons of characters you will love. Gather the kids close so they can see all of Ben Hatke's "out of this world" illustrations! This is book 1 of the trilogy series.

Author

Ben Hatke

Pages

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

192

Type

Kid Approved

Read-Aloud

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