Children's Books to Read Aloud

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when you walk into a book store or the library? What books will your kids really like?

I knew I'd found a really good book when my kids wanted it read over and over. Reading books out loud multiple times helps children get ready to become readers, especially if children point to pictures, make guesses about what will happen, talk about how a story reminds them of something else, read aloud parts on their own, or retell the story in their own words.

Here are a few books I recommend to read aloud to children ages 0 - 8. Please share your favorites in a comment.

The Dot

The Dot is a story that will help children have confidence to try something new. The Dot shows how a teacher encourages a child to draw, and the child feels successful in the end. Here's a video of the book. 
Recommended ages are 3 to 8 years old.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree (A Five Little Monkeys Story) 
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree has repeated sentences that young children love to read along with you. Make sure to point out the monkeys hiding in the tree after the crocodile SNAPS if children seem sad or afraid that the monkey was eaten. This is a great book to help children learn numbers and the concept of subtraction. Here's a video of the book.This book is way more fun when kids get involved in the reading, point to the pictures, and practice counting.
Recommended ages are 2 to 6 years old.

Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books) 
This book is a great introduction to direction words and holds young children's interest as they go on an adventure with baby bird as he looks for his mother. This is a book children will want to hear over and over. Some children who listen to this book a number of times will start to tell the story in their own words or want to join in on the reading of this story. Children get excited about this story and like being able to remember what happens next if they have heard the story before. Here's a video of the book read out loud.
Hello Baby
Here's a video of the book.
Recommended ages are 2 to 5 years old.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)

The repeated language makes this a book that young children love to help "read". This book was a favorite for my kids. I have a video of my oldest son "reading" this book when he was two years old.
Recommended ages are 1 to 4 years old.

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

This book is so fun. It shows the imagination of children playing. My kids loved this story especially since we have two boys and one girl. Here's a video of the book.
Recommended ages are 3 to 5 years old.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

My family loves this story! It is a wonderful story of a smart girl tricking a dragon and not letting a prince be mean to her. So fun! I'm sure your family will love it too.
Recommended ages are 5 - 8 years old.


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