This list below reflects read alouds which delight emerging readers and children just beginning their school adventures. Alpha by author; easy readers noted because they will be in a different section in your library. See also the separate beginning/easy reader list and, if your child is an experienced listener, the first-second grade list.
Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing
Aylesworth, Jim. The Tale of Tricky Fox
Barrett, Judi. Benjamin’s 365 Birthdays
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline’s Rescue
Brown, Margaret Wise (auth) and David Diaz (ill.) The Little Scarecrow Boy. 2005.
Browne, Anthony. Willy and Hugh
Charlip, Remy. Fortunately. 1964.
DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia
Flack, Marjorie. The Story about Ping
Fujikawa, Gyo. Fairy Tales and Fables. 2008 (re-issued)
Galdone, Paul. The Gingerbread Boy. 1983. (and others)
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances
Hoban, Russell. Bread and Jam for Frances
Hoban, Russell. Egg Thoughts and Other Frances Poems
Jeffers, Oliver. The Way Back Home. 2008.
Kimmel, Eric A. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Kirsch, Vincent. Forsythia and Me. 2011.
Krauss, Ruth. A Hole is to Dig
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad (easy reader)
McElligott, Matthew. The Lion’s Share. 2009
Marshall, James. George and Martha (easy reader)
Minarik, Else. A Kiss for Little Bear (easy reader)
Montes, Marisa. John Bobo Goes to Work. 2000.
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and others)
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and others)
Rocco, John. Blackout. 2011.
Schneider, Howie and Susan Stelig. Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch. 1987.
Sendak, Maurice. Outside Over There
Seuss, Dr. Horton Hatches the Egg
Seuss, Dr. Horton Hears a Who
Shulevitz, Uri. What is a Wise Bird like you doing in a silly tale like this?
Sidman, Joyce (auth) and Pamela Zagarenski (ill). Red Sings From Treetops: a Year in Colors. 2010.
Smith, Lane. Grandpa Green. 2011.
Spier, Peter. Noah’s Ark. 1985. Caldecott.
Stanley, Diane. Raising Sweetness
Stanley, Diane. Saving Sweetness
Waber, Bernard. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over
Wells, Rosemary. Hazel’s Amazing Mother
Wilson, Karma. Moose Tracks.