Teacher’s Choice for Best Books to Read Aloud
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
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.