Read Aloud America Book List 2009

January, 2009

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, and all who read to children:

Here is the new Read Aloud America 2009 Reading List of great read aloud books for children of all ages. You will find many new titles and some all-time favorites. I hope that you find the list both a helpful guide of books to read aloud to the children in your lives and a resource when choosing a book to give as a gift.

My sincere thank you to the committee members who read over 100 books. To recommend a book for the 2009 reading list, the committee choose books that have:
• Excellent read-aloud appeal
• Variety of male/female main characters, genres, and popular authors
• Strong development of characters, plot, themes, and subtle moral (character- building) messages, and
• Age group appropriateness.

The committee members and I are interested in your feed-back. Please feel free to email me at with your comments as well as your own recommended read-aloud favorites. To obtain copies of previous Recommended Reading Lists (1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below and enclose $.75 postage for each list requested.

Thank you.


Patti Cronin, Executive Director
Read Aloud America

P. S. Previous Recommended Reading Lists are available (1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). To obtain copies, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below ($.75 for postage for each list).

Lists compiled by:

Arlene Ching, Librarian, Aiea Public Library
Marion Coste , Children’s Book Author, Education Consultant
Sue Cowing, Children’s Book Author, Co-Regional Advisor, SCBWI
Angela Cruz, RAP Volunteer
Jed Gaines, Founder, Read Aloud America
Marybeth Hamilton, Teacher, University of Hawaii Laboratory School
Natalie Hayek, Program Director, Read Aloud America 

Cathy Kawano-Ching Educator, Punahou School

Maralyn Kurshalls, Writer and Consultant

Heather Maughan, Educator
Nancy Mower, Children’s Book Author
Marci Prins, RAP Volunteer
Joan Tanji, Librarian and Educator


Read-Alouds for Infants and Toddlers





































Quack and Count Baker, Keith
My Car Barton, Myron
I Love My Daddy Braun, Sebastien
Dear Zoo: A Left The Flap Book Campbell, Rod
From Head to Toe Carle, Eric
Freight Train Crews, Donald
Ollie Dunrea, Olivier
Hattie and the Fox Fox, Mem and Patricia Mullens
A Fairy Went-A Marketing Fyleman, Rose
Ruby Bakes a Cake Hill, Susan and Margie Moore
Rosie's Walk Hutchins, Pat
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... Kubler, Annie
Grow Up! Laden, Nina
Cow Moo Me Losordo, Stephen and Jane Conteh-Morgan
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Martin Jr., Bill and Eric Carle
Caterpilar's Wish Murphy, Mary
All Fall Down Oxenbury, Helen
Clap Hands Oxenbury, Helen
Yummy Yucky Patricelli, Leslie
Animal Kisses Saltzberg, Barney
First Book of Sushi Sanger, Amy Wilson
Sheep in a Jeep Shaw, Nancy E.
Baby Born Suen, Anastasia
Cookie's Week Ward, Cindy

Read-Alouds for Preschoolers

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz Barton, Byron
Jin Woo Bunting, Eve
The Grouchy Ladybug Carle, Eric
The Three Little Kittens Cauley, Lorinda Bryan
Eddy B, Pigboy Dunrea, Olivier
In the Tall, Tall Grass Fleming, Denise
A Rainbow of my Own Freeman, Don
A Rhinoceros Wakes Me Up in the Morning Goodspeed, Peter
When I'm Sleepy Howard, Jane R.
Dogger Hughes, Shirley
My Lucky Day Kasza, Keiko
Little Miss Spider Kirk, David
What's that Noise? Lemieux, Michele
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken Lester, Helen
The Big Bug Ball Lillegard, Dee
It's Mine! Lionni, Leo
There's an Alligator Under My Bed Mayer, Mercer
Make Way for Ducklings McCloskey, Robert
The Funny Little Woman Mosel, Arlene
Beatrice Doesn't Want To Numeroff, Laura
Curious George Rey, H.A.
Food for Thought Saxton, Freymann and Joost Elffers
The House that Jack Built: A Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Stevens, Janet
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Willems, Mo

Read-Alouds for Grades K –1

My Dog and the Birthday Mystery Adler, David
The Princess and the Pea Anderson, Hans Christian
Benjamin's Portrait Baker, Alan
Move Over Rover! Beaumont, Karen
Joe on Sunday Blundell, Tony
Arthur's Baby Brown, Marc
Little Malia's Big Poi Idea Calma, Jocelyn and Don Robinson
Starring First Grade Cohen, Miriam
Pua's Paniolo Parade Cotton, Jolie Jean and Christine Joy Pratt
Charlie Needs a Cloak de Paola, Tomie
Go Away, Big Green Monster! Emberley, Edward R.
Koala Lou Fox, Mem
Alice and the Birthday Giant Green, Joh F.
Sheila Rae, the Brave Henkes, Kevin
One Fine Day Hogrogian, Nonny
My Best Friend Hutchins, pat
Edwina the Emu Knowles, Sheena and Rod Clement
Leo the Late Bloomer Kraus, Robert
Akimbo and the Snakes McCall Smith, Alexander
Rosie's Birthday Present Moskin, Marietta
You Can't Catch Me! Oppenheim, Joanne
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
Lucy and the Gift-Wrapped Guests Stadler, John
Our Tree Named Steve Zweibel, Alan

Read-Alouds for Grades 2-3

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Allard, Harry
The Uglyl Duckling Anderson, Hans Christian
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Barrett, Judi
Sitting Ducks Bedard, Michael
Cheyenne Again Bunting, Eve
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush Demi
The Hundred Dresses Estes, Eleanor
Wolves in the Walls Gaiman, Neil
The Wounded Wolf George, Jean Craighead
Wordsworth the Poet Kakugawa, Frances
Martin Bridge in High Gear Kerrin, Jessica Scott
Horrible Harry's Secret Kline, Suzy
Grandpa's Magic Banyan Tree Langcaon, Jeff
The Snake that Went to School Moore, Lilian
One Beastly Beast Nix, Garth
Curse of the Ruins (World of Adventure Series) Paulsen, Gary
The Remarkable Ramsey Rinkoff, Barbara
Silent Music RUmford, James
When I Was Young in the Mountains Rylant, Cynthia
Bartholomew and the Oobleck Seuss, Dr.
The Amazing Bone Steig, William
Maui and the Secret of Fire Tune, Suelyn Ching
Jumanji Van Allsburg, Chris
The Emperor and the Kite Yolen, Jane

Read-Alouds for Grades 4-5

The Seer of Shadows Avi
The Indian in the Cupboard Banks, Lynne Reid
Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas Chen, Pauline
Racso and the Rats Conly, Jane leslie
My Teacher Is an Alien Coville, Bruce
The Witches Dahl, Roald
City of Ember DuPrau, Jeanne
My Side of the Mountain Geroge, Jean Craighead
Kira Kira Kadohata, Cynthia
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World Konigsburg, E.L.
Swindle Korman, Gordon
The Magician's Nephew Lewis, C.S.
Pippi Longstocking Lindgren, Astrid
The Artsy Smartsy Club Pinkwater, Daniel
The Maze of Bones Riordan, Rick
Night of the Twisters Ruckman, Ivy
Beowolf, A Hero's Tale Retold Rumford, James
Magyk Sage, Angie
The Cricket in TImes Square Selden, George
Call it Courage Sperry, Armstrong
Eggs Spinelli, Jerry
Milkweed Spinelli, Jerry
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest Springer, Nancy
Stuart Little White, E.B.

Read-Alouds for Grades 6-8

Into the Dark Abrahams, Peter
The Calder Game Balliett, Blue
Sweetgrass Basket Carvell, Marlene
Al Capone Does My Shirs Choldenko, Gennifer
Half-Moon Investigations Colfer, Eoin
Elijah of Buxton Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Land of the Silver Apples Farmer, Nancy
Humbug Mountain Fleischman, Sid
Flying Solo Fletcher, Ralph
The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
Olive's Ocean Henkes, Kevin
The Outsiders Hinton, S.E.
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam Kadohata, Cynthia
Weedflower Kadohata, Cynthia
The Akhenaten Adventure Kerr, P.B.
The Green Glass Sea Klages, Ellen
A Corner of the Universe Martin, Ann M.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment Patterson, James
What the Moon Saw Resua, Laura
Yellow Star Roy, Jennifer
The Night of the Howling Dogs Salisbury, Graham
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Selznick, Brian
Tanglewreck Winterson, Jeanette
The Pea Soup Poisonings Wright, Nancy Means

Read-Alouds for Grades 9-12

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Allende, Isabel
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Alvarez, Julia
The Second Summer of the Sisterohod Brashares, Ann
Warrior Girl, a Novel of Joan of Arc Chandler, Pauline
The Chocolate War Cormier, Robert
The Land of Silver Apples Farmer, Nancy
Sunshine Rider: The 1st Vegetarian Western Hardman, Ric Lynden
The Legend of Fire Horse Woman Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Farewell to Manzanar Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki & Houston, James D.
The Whale Rider Ihimaera, Witi
Flowers for Algernon Keyes, Daniel
The Secret Life of Bees Kidd, Sue Monk
Shoeless Joe Kinsella, W.P.
Into the Wild Krakauer, Jon
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie Lubar, David
The White Darkness McCaughrean, Geraldine
The Bluest Eye Morrison, Toni
My Name is Asher Lev Potok, Chaim
The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J.D.
Unwind Shusterman, Neal
Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John
The New Policeman Thompson, Kate
Witch Dreams Vande Velde, Vivian
Lottery Wood, Patricia


For One More Day Albom, Mitch
Music for Chameleons Capote, Truman
Postcards from No Man's Land Chambers, Aidan
Girl with a Pearl Earring Chevalier, Tracey
The Witch of Portobello Coelho, Paulo
The Black Ice Connelly, Michael
Peace Like a River Enger, Leif
Tales from Q School, Inside Golf's Fifth Major Feinstein, John
One Thousand White Women Fergus, Jim
The Man Who Walked Through Time Fletch, Colin
Man's Search for Meaning Frankl, Viktor
The Express Gallagher, Robert C.
Marley & Me Grogan, John
Into Thin Air Krakauer, Jon
Gift from the Sea Lindbergh, Anne Morrow
Angela's Ashes McCourt, Frank
Beloved Morrison, Toni
Three Cups of Tea ortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin
The Things They Carried O'Brien, Tim
The Last Lecture Pausch, Randy
Grass Dancer Power, Susan
Big Russ & Me Russert, Tim
Dear John Sparks, Nicholas
A New Earth Tolle, Eckhart

Family Favorites:
Ageless Read-Alouds

Little Women Alcott,
The Secret Garden Burnett, Frances
The Incredible Journey Burnford, Sheila
Pinocchio Coolodi, Carlo
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel
Diary of a Young Girl Frank, Anne
Cheaper by the Dozen Galbraith, Frank
Across Five Aprils Hunt, Irene
Rip Van Wrinkle Irving, Washington
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Konigsburg, E.L.
The Read Balloon Lamorisse, Albert
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
Sarah, Plain and Tall MacLachlan, Patricia
The Borrowers Norton, Mary
Jacob Have I Loved Paterson, Katherine
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Potter, Beatrix
The Yearling Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
Black Beauty Sewell, Anna
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Sobol, Donald J.
The Time Machine Wells, H.G.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Dorian
Little House on the Praire Wilder, Laura Ingalls
The Velveteen Rabbit Williams, Margery
The Swiss Family Robinson Wyss, J.R.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Internet Protect your Kids Arterburn, Stephen and Roger Marsh
America's Smallest School: The Family Barton, P.E.
Confident Parenting Burns, Jim
Babies Need Books Butler, Dorothy
Reading Magic Fox, Mem
The Roller Coaster Years Giannetti, Charlene
The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers Graves, Ruth
Read It Aloud! A Parent's Guide to Sharing Books with Young Children Haas, Monty and Laurie Joy Haas
Reading Rules! Motivating Teens to Read Knowles, Elizabeth and Martha Smith
Raising a Reader: Make Your Child a Reader for Life Kropp, Paul
How to Behave and Why Leaf, Munro
Have a New Kid by Friday Leman, Kevin
Keeping Kids Reading: How to Raise Avid Readers in the Video Age Leonhardt, Mary
New York Times Parent's Guide to Best Books for Children Lipson, Eden Ross
How to Hook Your Kids on Books O'Connor, Karen
Great Books for Babies and Toddlers Odean, Kathleen
The Road Less Traveled Peck, M. Scott
Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children Russell, William F.
Family Storybook Reading Strickland, Dorothy S. and Denny Taylor
The Read Aloud Handbook Trelease, Jim
A Garth Williams Treasury of Best-Loved Golden Books Williams, Garth
GoodReads Web Site
Hawaii State Library Web Site
Read Aloud America Web Site

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