Help me get ready to read

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

Favorite Topics

Here are good books to read aloud to young children on some of their favorite topics. You can obtain these books at public libraries and bookstores, or order them online by clicking on the titles below.

Look in Help Me Get Ready To Read for titles of more good books on these favorite topics along with activities to do with young children to help them develop early literacy concepts and skills.

All About Me

  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Harcourt, 2008. Rhyming text and illustrations of babies born in different places around the world tell how children are all alike.

Families and Friends

  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Candlewick, 1972. Three baby owls worry while their mother is away and are happy when she returns at the end of the story.


  • Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee, Clarion, 2005. In this book that includes a recipe, a young girl helps her mom shop so they can cook a favorite dish for their family.


  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall, McElderry, 2010. Animals on a farm love eating their own foods, but an unusual cow loves eating cookies in this humorous story.


  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague, Blue Sky, 2000. Imaginative illustrations fill the pages along with rhyming text that asks and answers questions about dinosaurs’ bedtime behavior.

Things That Go

  • Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia, Boxer, 2007. Simple text combines with illustrations of construction vehicles to describe the work the trucks do building an adventure playground.


  • Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee, Holt, 2007. A young girl learns the answer to the title question after venturing outside during an April rain.