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					                       Teacher’s Choice for Best Books to Read Aloud
                                               Kindergarten

Reading aloud to children is an essential part of learning to read. When children are read to, they grow
a love for reading and for books. When children hear stories read aloud they begin to listen for sounds
in words; they listen for rhymes; they learn new vocabulary words; they look at the pictures and make
connections. Most importantly they begin to gain a sense of a story. They begin to understand that
books make meaning. Children are able to understand stories by listening to them, long before they are
able to understand stories that they read.

When reading aloud to children, take time to talk about the story. Talk about the pictures in the book.
Ask questions to the child about what you are reading. Have the child think about what the story might
be about before you read and then pause in the middle of the book and think about what might happen
next. Make connections to what is happening in the story to things that have happened in your child’s
life. Enjoy this time with your child!

Children enjoy hearing the same books over and over. Sometimes they might even memorize parts of
the story or the exact words. This is okay. It is also okay for children to enjoy listening to a book at this
age and then later want to read the book on their own when they are ready.

This list was created by Kindergarten teachers in Greeneville City Schools as a resource for parents and
other teachers. These books have been used by these teachers for read aloud and have brought much
enjoyment to children. Some of these books come in a series or have multiple titles by the same author.
In general, the teachers recommend all of the books by the authors listed below.

Book Title                                                          Author

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom                                             Bill Martin, Jr.

Boom Chicka Rock                                                    Jim Archambault

Very Hungry Caterpillar (& others by same author)                   Eric Carle

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good…                      Judith Viorst

Peter Rabbit (& others in series)                                   Beatrix Potter

Peter’s Chair                                                       Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day                                                       Ezra Jack Keats

Rainbow Fish                                                        Marcus Pfister

Swimmy                                                              Leo Lionni


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Leo the Late Bloomer                                             Robert Kraus

Corduroy                                                         Don Freeman

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (& others in series)                Laura Numeroff

Jump Frog Jump                                                   Kalan & Barton

One Duck Stuck                                                   Root & Chapman

Brown Bear, Brown Bear                                           Bill Martin, Jr.

The Mitten (& others by same author)                             Jan Brett

Polar Express                                                    Chris VanAllsburg

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus                               Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny (& others by same author)                          Mo Willems

Elmer (& others in series)                                       David McKee

Three Bears, Three Pigs, Little Red Hen                          Various authors

These teachers also recommend reading nursery rhymes, Mother Goose and fairy tales.




           List compiled by Kindergarten teachers in Greeneville City Schools, Greeneville, TN.

                                          www.gcschools.net

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