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The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years

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Here are some good books to read aloud to young children. These six books are featured in Help Me Get Ready To Read. You can obtain them at public libraries and  bookstores, or order them online by clicking on the titles below.

Look in Help Me Get Ready To Read for tips on how to choose good books, and for titles of many more recommended books to read aloud.

  • Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri, Simon & Schuster, 2008. In this story about farm animals and colors, Blue Goose, Red Hen, Yellow Chick, and White Duck paint Farmer Gray’s barnyard while he is away.
  • Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2005. Young children enjoy the rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this story about a little fish that swims around meeting other fish while it looks for its mother.
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jane Chapman, Candlewick, 1998. In this rhyming counting book, different animals try to free one duck that gets stuck in the muck.
  • Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme by Bruce McMillan, Gulliver, 1995. Large photographs and short rhyming sentences help children learn about puffins and penguins in McMillan’s nonfiction book.
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple, Houghton, 1988. Rhyming words tell a story about five sheep that go on a hilarious adventure in a jeep.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Viking, 1962. In this classic story, a young boy named Peter wakes up on a wintry morning eager to play outside.

In addition, we suggest that you read aloud:

Nursery Rhyme Books

Alphabet Books

  • Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer, Barefoot Books, 2005. For each letter of the alphabet, there is a page with a simple sentence and delightful illustration of an animal.