Read Aloud Stories Especially for 1st - 4th Graders
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Arctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper.
Jenny and the Cat Club: a Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky by Esther Holden Averill
Jenny Linsky, a black cat who lives with Captain Tinker in New York City, has adventures with the neighborhood cats who belong to the Cat Club.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
When Henry adopts Ribsy, a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
A reckless mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joy of motorcycling.
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A young boy escapes two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who loves him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hope, dreams, and histories.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Wanda Petronski tells classmates she has a hundred dresses of all varieties. So why does she wear the same old worn dress to school? The teasing that follows seems harmless but it is not.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
The Potts are no ordinary family, so one wouldn’t expect them to buy an ordinary car. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang turns out to be a most unusual car, and she sees the family through adventure after adventure.
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river.
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The escapades of four animal friends who live a long a river in the English countryside.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
The Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
Peek into the secret lives of toys as three beloved playthings participate in a series of small adventures. From meditating on the scary unknown (washing machine) to understanding what makes an individual special the author provides the reader with plenty of insights.
Martin Bridge on the Lookout! by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Follow Martin’s adventures as he has to entertain an unwanted guest, share lunch with a boy who eats erasers and embark on a madcap search for his school’s escaped pet parakeet.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
From her upside down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle gives to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Answerbackism.
Rats on the Roof and Other Stories by James Marshall
An illustrated collection of seven stories about various animals including a frog with magnificent legs, a hungry brontosaurus, and a mouse who gets married.
The Doll People by Ann Martin
A family of porcelain dolls has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow the Doll Code of Honor.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.
The Littles to the Rescue by John Peterson
A family of tiny people experiences a crisis when a baby is born during a snowstorm.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
If you are looking for a different twist to some well known fairy tales, then leave it to Jon Scieszka to change stories like “The Ugly Duckling” to “The Really Ugly Duckling.”
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.