Ten Favourite Read Aloud Books

We’re a family that loves to read. Not only do we love to read, we love to read aloud to one another. The girls have regular story times during the day and every night before bed. I like to read out interesting news articles or Wiki entries to hubs. When I’m sick, I love having hubs read out loud to me while I close my eyes and snuggle under the covers.

Lately I’ve noticed Tee pretending to read her books, often to her little sister. She does a pretty good job on some of these too, as she’s heard them enough times to be able to recite them by rote.

We have a little reading corner set up in the living room. It’s the perfect place to pick a book off the shelf and sit in a comfy chair for some story time.

In the spirit of sharing, here are some of the current favourite read aloud books in our house. In no particular order:

Fifteen Animals! and Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton. Pretty much all of her books are fun to read aloud, but these ones have been in the bedtime rotation pretty heavily lately.

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. This was one of my favourites when I was a kid, and it’s still a favourite 30 years later.

Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch. Tee loves yelling, “Hey, mud puddle!”

Baby Beluga by Raffi. This is also the girls’ bedtime song courtesy of yours truly!

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Millions upon millions of children have enjoyed this classic bedtime story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Another fave from my childhood I love to share with my own kids.

It’s a Little Book by Lane Smith. We like to act out all the things a book isn’t for. The kids giggle every time we notice that a book isn’t a hat.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. One of Seuss’ lesser known books, this playful, colourful book is perfect for learning about feelings and identifying emotions.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. Everyone’s favourite bunny siblings make a birthday cake for Grandma. Of course, Max’s cake has some surprises.

What are some of your child’s favourite read aloud books? Please share below!

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  • We are book lovers here, too. Some of our favorite read out loud books are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault, Pout Pout Fish Books by Debora Diesen, and the PInkalicious series by Vicoria Kann.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom seems to be popular, but I’ve never actually read it. Good thing my youngest has a birthday coming up!

  • I love to read and have passed the same love off to my children!! I love to give my children the gift of books and I see many of the titles that they love on your list. My all time favorite is of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  • My favorite book to read aloud is Fox in Sox. It’s just such a fun book. I typically talk fast, so the tongue twisters aren’t too hard for me. My son is amazed, lol!

  • Awesome! We had been avoiding the library for awhile because of overdue book fees 😉 But just a few days ago we brought the girls down there and it is so fun to watch them get so excited over the books, they want to take home all of them! I really like your book nook, our books are in random shelves all over the house, I would like to make a large shelf specifically for all the kids books like yours

    • Thanks! The book nook is a great way for my 3 year old to settle down when she starts getting rangy. It’s like a mini library space all her own.

  • My little ones always loved The Little Engine that Could. The best part is at the end…and they all start saying “I think I can!” along with me!

    • Oh, I’d forgotten about that one. The Little Engine will definitely go on the birthday books list. Thanks, Anne!

  • Thank u so much for the recommendation. Our fave read aloud books are mostly by Dr. Seuss. They are really challenging for my 4 years old boy who has just started to read: Fox in Socks, Green Eggs adn Ham, The Cat in the Hat, etc. We often laugh together and I help him to spell the words correctly whenever he found new words. It is so much fun and I love to see how he loves reading those books.