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Read Aloud Books for Kids and Other Ideas For Summer Fun

It all started with a few tweets:

Bonnie of @MrsStraitsClass mentioned that she read aloud to her kids every day.

Mrs. Straits class, 2nd grade teacher

I teach elementary actually but even if I didn’t, I’d still read aloud every day. I love using accents and fun voices. 🙂

Accents and fun voices?!!  I had to know more! I begged her to record it and upload to YouTube. And here she is reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus by Mo Willems.

I love her Brooklyn accent!


Wonderful Read Aloud Books for Kids

Summer is a great time to read together. I’ve collected some great lists of read aloud books for kids.

What Do We Do All Day has a book list of 50+ Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers and 3-year-olds

read aloud chapter books, what do we do all day?

16 Delightful Summertime Books from Delightful Children’s Books has wonderful picture books to enjoy as well as summertime activities.

read aloud picture books, delightful children's books

38 Perfect Books to Read Aloud with Kids from Buzz Feed includes classics that I grew up with.

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7 Reasons Why You MUST Read Aloud To Your Kids At All Ages stresses the side benefits of reading together (and it’s not just about teaching your child to read!).

Paper cut of children read a book and children on swing under tr

Author Read Alouds from Scholastic is fun because authors are reading from their own books! Here are some examples:

Suzanne Collins Reads The Hunger Games

Sara Pennypacker Reads Clementine

David Shannon Reads Too Many Toys

Lisa Yee Reads Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time


I hope this helps get your kids reading this summer. What is your favorite read aloud book? Please share!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Elle Carter Neal

    My favourite read-aloud books are the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. My children are still a bit young and they don’t yet hold their attention, but I read them to my husband during a camping trip to New Zealand and he cracked up every time over my attempt at a Scottish-accented impression of the Nac Mac Feegles.

    One we both love reading to the kids is “Dancing Feet” by Lindsay Craig and we all try to make stompity feet and thumpity feet. It’s great fun. “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox is another good one. Oh, and “Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton is a hoot. I read it to my son when he was about two and he was in fits of giggles every time I said “Oops”.
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  2. Artchoo

    I always love the Mo Willems books- they never fail to crack all the kids up. Oh, I agree with Elle about the oops, too. It’s fun to say oops!
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    • Hi Artchoo!
      I loved her accent! I don’t have great accents so I really appreciate them in a read aloud! Mo Willems is great. He was in Boston recently I missed him. They actually sold tickets for $5 to meet him and I heard the room was packed! Oops is fun!!
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  3. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    We have a summertime tradition of reading aloud, snuggled up on our porch swing under a big blanket before bedtime. It always puts a smile on passerby’s faces! We are one of those read aloud everyday famillies (mostly every day) and the kids then read independently before bed too. Thanks for these great resources. 🙂
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  4. Thanks for including my post. I didn’t know about those author read alouds. They sound like fun. I’m off to check them out.
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    • Hi Erica,
      Thank you for letting me link to your great blog! It is fun to watch authors read their own books! I know my kids always love meeting authors but they tend to be local to our area. There must be more author read aloud videos on other sites too. I need to do a search.
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  5. Thank you for the recommendations. I love to read and I am also blessed with two little boys who love to read–even though they aren’t old enough to know how. We spend many hours in the local library reading together. I love this post–thanks again!
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  6. Love the way she reads those books, and the kids’ giggles are the best!
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  7. Great suggestions of read-aloud books. These engaging books foster a love of books and learning in young children while helping them acquire early literacy concepts and skills needed to be ready to learn to read. To extend the read-aloud experience, why not do book-related Follow-Up Fun activities including Act & Play, Say & Sing, Draw & Write, and Read Aloud & Enjoy. Specific suggestions with simple directions in “Help Me Get Ready To Read” lead to more read-aloud summer fun. Happy Reading Aloud!

  8. Ann

    One of my most powerful book memories is when my fifth grade teacher read Charlotte’s Web to us.
    I love to read rhyming books out loud. 7 Silly Eaters is one of my favorites.
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    • Hi Ann,
      Everyone raves about 7 Silly Eaters but I don’t think I’ve ever read it to my kids! I’m glad everyone loves being read aloud to. It’s such a memorable experience. I remember in a moms’ book club when the author (and also mom friend) read from her short story that was published in a Women’s Travel Anthology. We were all mesmerized and it felt like a real treat to be read to.
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  9. Thank you soo much, both for the post and your kind words. I’ve included the link to my blog as the one above is someone else. Thanks again!
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