Read 20’s Favorite Read-Aloud Books!


Babies Love Board Books, the pictures, the textures, the taste, the fact that you introduce them and engage with them. Start them out with your favorite board books as soon as your baby is born (*note: some parents start even sooner). Let them feel, hold, touch and experience the book for themselves sometimes – teach them to turn the pages. Babies love to hear your voice! They should be exposed to all the various sounds that make up our human language, as well as the tones, timbres, and phrasing that make language emotionally interesting and useful for communication. Board books generally include the basic building blocks of language and learning – and trust us – they’re listening! So, Read! Sing! Play! Do it your way! Make it fun! Quit when they get bored or overwhelmed – there is no need to insist upon finishing a narrative story when they’re not into it, or for that matter, to do anything that will sour the experience.

Click Here for a List of 25 Classic Board Books for Infants!


Popular Books For Our Toddler to Kindergarten Listeners (basic concepts, letters, numbers, shapes, names of things, feelings, etc)

Mouse Was Mad (Linda Urban)

Peanut Butter and Cupcake (Terry Border)

The Book With No Pictures (BJ Novak)

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates (Ryan T Higgins)

Raybot (Adam Watkins)

Here We Are (Oliver Jeffers)

Nighttime Ninja (Barbara DaCosta)

One (Kathryn Otoshi)

Ellie (Mike Wu)

Pig the Pug <series of 8> (Aaron Blabey)

Harold Finds a Voice (Courtney Dicmas)

Mother Bruce <series of 5> (Ryan T Higgins)

Poor Little Guy (Elanna Allen)

If You Plant A Seed (Kadir Nelson)

A Perfectly Messed Up Story (Patrick McDonnell)

Going Places (Reynolds)

Mr.Tiger Goes Wild (Peter Brown)

The Princess and the Pony (Kate Beaton)

The Little Red Fort (Brenda Maier)

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (Mo Willems)

Little Tree (Loren Long),

Bad Kitty (Nick Bruel)

Uni the Unicorn (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Meet Me at the Moon (Granna Marino)

The Going to Bed book (Boynton)

Snoozers (Boynton)

Knuffle Bunny <series of 3> (Willems)

No, David! <series of 3> (David Shannon)

Charlie the Caterpillar (Dom DeLuise)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

Class Two at the Zoo (Julia Jarmin)

Up and Down, Lost and Found, (Oliver Jeffers)

Spoon (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Little Blue truck (Schertle)

Five Little Monkeys (Christelow)

Say Hello to Zoro (Carter Goodrich)

The Very Cranky Bear (Nick Bland)

Alice the Fairy (Shannon)

Olivia (Ian Falconer)

Thunder Boy Jr (Sherman Alexie)

How I Became A Pirate/ Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (Long, Shannon)

Pete The Cat <series> (Eric Litwin)

I Need A Hug (blabey)

Rap A Tap Tap (Dillon)

Dinosaur Roar (Stickland)

The Night Pirates (Harris)

Dada! (Jimmy Fallon)

Super Jumbo (Koehler)

Stripe (Joanne Partis)

Otis (Bynum)

Grumpy Monkey (Lang)

Shark in the Dark (Peter Bentley)

Leonardo the Terrible Monster (Willems)

The Three Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark (Geist)

Pup & Bear (Banks)    

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Popular Books For Our Listeners in Early Elementary Grades K, 1, 2, (basic moral lessons, increasing verbal complexity, personal and social relationships, etc)

Shark In The Dark (Peter Bentley)

Dylan the Villain (KG Campbell)

Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) (Bottner)

Ninja Red Riding Hood, The Three Ninja Pigs (Schwartz)

Sweet Dream Pie (Mark Teague) 

Necks Out for Adventure (Timothy Basil Ering)

Dogzilla, Kat Kong (Dav Pilkey)

Iggy Peck Architect, Ada Twist Scientist, Rosie Revere Engineer, (Andrea Beaty)

Little Red (Beth Ann Woolvin)

Not Quite Narwhal (jessie Sima)

After the Fall (Dan Santat)

Moon, Earth’s Best Friend (McNaulty)

Waking Dragons (Yolen)

Clark the Shark (Bruce Hale)

Pop’s Bridge (Bunting)

Here we Are, Imaginary Fred, Lost and Found, The Heart and the Bottle, Imaginary Fred, Up & Down, The New Sweater (Oliver Jeffers)

Stanley’s Party (Bailey)

Princess Pigsty (Cornelia Funke)

SkippyJohn Jones, Class Action, <series of 7> (Judy Schachner)

Trouble At the Dinosaur Cafe (Moses)

Penguin Problems (Jory John)

The Three Pigs (David Weisner)

Prest Zesto in Limboland (Maurice Sendak)

Toot & Puddle: The One and Only (Hobbie)

Baby Brains (James)

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, Dooby Dooby Moo  (Cronin)

How Full Is Your Bucket? (Rath, Reckmeyer)

The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, The Cool Bean (John, Oswald)

Can I Be Your Dog? (Cummings)

A Thousand No’s (Corchin)

Charlie Parker Played BeBop (Raschka)

World On A String (Phifer)

Wings (Christopher Myers)

Testing The Ice (Robinson)

Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies, Henry & the Crazed Chicken Pirates (Crimi)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Scieszka)

Chamelia & the New Kid (Ethan Long)

Wemberley Worried (Henkes)

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair (Bernheimer)

The Giving Tree (Silverstein)

Crazy Hair Day (Saltzberg)

Miss Smith’s Incredible Story Book, Miss Smith Reads Again (Garland)

One (Kathryn Otoshi)

Mr Tiger Goes Wild (Brown)

The 3 Little Aliens & the Big Bad Robot (McNamara)

Mary Had a Little Glam (Sauer)

Class Two at the Zoo (Jarman)

If You Plant A Seed (Nelson)

Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy equipment (Gordon)

Pig The Pug <series> (Blabey)

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Gerstein)

The Dark (Lemony Snicket)

The Junkyard Wonders (Polacco)

Going Places (Reynolds)

When I Grow Up (Yankovic)

Mother Bruce <series>, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, We Will Rock Our Classmates, Wilfred (Higgins)

Rosie Revere Engineer, Ada Twist Scientist, Iggy Peck Architect (Beaty)

The Eagle & the Wren (Goodall)

OctoPuppy (McKenna)

Fandango Stew (Davis)

The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger (Ering)

The Princess and the Pizza (Auch)

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (Daywalt)

The Blobfish Book (Olien)

Louise: the Adventures of a Chicken (DiCamillo)

Nightsong (Berk)

Tomas & the Library Lady (Mora)

Daniel Finds A Poem (Archer)

The Storm Whale (Davies)

Pup & Bear (Banks)

The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat, The Ugly Five (Donaldson)

Spoon (Rosenthal)

Ruby Finds A Worry (Percival)

I Wonder (Holt)

Poor Little Guy (Allen)

Say Hello to Zoro (Carter Goodrich),

The Very Cranky Bear (Nick Bland),

Duck On A Bike, Duck On A Tractor, Alice The Fairy, Too Many Toys (Shannon)

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (Sarcone-Roche)

Yertle The Turtle, Horton Hears A Who, Fox In Sox (Dr. Seuss)

Mars Needs Moms, Pete & Pickles (Breathed)

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Goldilocks & the Three Dinosaurs (Willems)

Pigsty, Sweet Dream Pie, The 3 Little Pigs & the Somewhat Bad Wolf  (Teague)

How I Became A Pirate, Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (Long, Shannon),

Beekle, After The Fall (Santat)

A Stone Sat Still (Wenzel)

Woolbur (Helakoski)

The Invisible Boy (Ludwig)

The Rules of the House (Barnett)

This Is Not My Hat, I Want My Hat Back (Klassen)

Small Saul (Spires)

Little Britches & the Rattlers (Kimmel)

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon) (Lovell)

Todd’s TV (Proimos)

Love & Roast Chicken (Knutson)

The Book With No Pictures (BJ Novak)

Dragons Love Tacos (Rubin)

Ellie (Wu)

Elbow Grease vs MotoZilla (Cena)

Flight School (Lita Judge)

Bubba The Cowboy Prince (Ketteman)

Click Here for More Great Books for Early Elementary Grades! 


Popular Books For Our Listeners in Upper Elementary Grades 3, 4, 5, (increasing scientific, social, and verbal complexity, right and wrong, moral ambiguity, etc) 

Fandango Stew, (Davis)

My Pen, (Myers)

Baa Baa Smart Sheep, (Somerset)

Love, (Matt De La Pena)

Malala’s Magic Pencil, (Yousafzai)

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, (Willems)

What Do You Do With A Problem?, What Do You Do With A Idea?, What Do You Do With A Chance? (Yamada)

Imaginary Fred, The Heart and the Bottle, Here We Are, The Hueys in The New Sweater (Jeffers)

The Antlered Ship, (Slater)

Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop, (Mitchell)

My New Teacher and Me, (Yankovic)

The Blobfish Book, (Olien)

The Missing Piece, The Giving Tree (Silverstein)

The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home (Daywalt) 

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair, (Bernheimer)

Bubba the Cowboy Prince, (Ketteman)

Wings, (Myers)

Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, The Rules of the House, (Barnett)

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot (McNamara)

The First Strawberries, A Cherokee Story (Bruchac)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (De Camillo)

A Stone for Sascha (Becker)

The Three Pigs (Weisner)

How Full Is Your Bucket? (Rath, Reckmeyer)

The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, The Cool Bean (John, Oswald)

I Am One (Verde)

A Thousand No’s (Corchin)

Testing the Ice (Robinson)

A Day in the Life of Wilbur Robinson, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, Billy’s Booger: A Memoir (William Joyce)

Stripes (David Shannon)

Kat Kong, Dogzilla (Pilkey)

Dreamers (Morales)

Enemy Pie (Munson)

The Bake Shop Ghost (Ogburn)

Horton Hears A Who, Yertle the turtle (Dr. Seuss)

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Gerstein)

The Junkyard Wonders (Polacco)

Sweet Dream Pie (Teague)

The Eagle & the Wren (Goodall)

The Storm Whale (Davies)

Little Red (Woolvin)

The Most Magnificent Thing (Spires)

This Is A Poem That Heals Fish (Simeon)

A Stone sat Still (Wenzel)

Duke Ellington (Pinkney)

Pete & Pickles (Breathed)

I Used To Be A Fish (Sullivan)

Of Thee I Sing (Obama)

Be Kind (Miller)

Small Saul (Spires)

Pingo (Mull)

Violet The Pilot (Breen)

All My friends Are Dead (John/Munson)

Not Quite Narwhal (Sima)

Voices In The Park (Brown)

Necks Out For Adventure (Ering)

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Cuevas)

Carl and the Meaning of Life (Freedman)

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (Saunders)

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Many other lists and compilations are readily available online (see – and the Chattanooga Public Library among others)!

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