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Read Me a Story – Perfect Read Aloud Books for Your Kids

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How many times have you heard lately – read me a story please!

I think we all want to help our children love books and reading.

After all, there are whole worlds to discover when we read a book.

And is there anything more magical than seeing a child reading a book and exploring the wonder of words?

Children love to listen to reading and finding story books to read aloud seems easy – until you start looking!

There are so many stories for kids, how do you pick the best ones?

Books that you will enjoy reading over and over and over (cuz that’s what ends up happening, right?).

Finding books with beautiful pictures that help tell the story is another struggle.

All kids love to look at pictures, but it’s especially important before they can read themselves.

It helps make the story accessible to them.

So, how do you find books that meet all these needs?

No problem!

We’ve got ya covered with these perfect read aloud books for your kids!

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Some of the Best Read Aloud Books For When Your Kids Says Read Me a Story!

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Here are some stories to read to children that they’re gonna love!

Tree: A Peek Through Picture Book 

by Britta Teckentrup

The illustrations are beautiful and completely fill each page.

Your kids will love seeing the transition through the seasons and looking for their favorite animals on each page.

The peek through owl in the middle is always a favorite.

The words are simple but have a lovely cadence sure to be a relaxing story reading for kids.

Topsy Turvy Animals

by Wes Magee (author) and Tracey Tucker (illustrator)

This is a favorite in our house (along with their Topsy Turvy Ocean)!

The illustrations are wild and crazy with bright colors and fantastic scenes.

The rhyming words describe the funny actions of the animals and there’s lots of details on each page to see.

No matter how many times we choose these read aloud stories there’s always something new to discover!

Madeline

by Ludwig Bemelmans

This Caldecott honor book along with all the Madeline children stories continues to delight generations of kids.

The illustrations are appealing in their childish simplicity.

The rhyming words are relaxing while also navigating the fear a child might feel about being sick.

His beautiful illustrations of famous Paris landmarks are also impressive.

The Madeline series are some of our favorite books to read aloud.

Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses

Many of these are old favorites (think Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, etc.) as well as some you may never have heard!

The illustrations are wonderful and help to tell the stories in a visual way for the pre-readers.

The book is also quite wide allowing for the illustrations to really shine.

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

This Caldecott winner has been enjoyed by generations of young readers.

Follow the main character, Max, on his amazing adventures as you introduce this enduring story to your own young readers.

It’s certain to inspire their own imagination and creative spirit!

Corduroy

by Don Freeman

This classic tale of a bear who goes on an adventure while waiting for the love of a child is heartwarming.

This is one of School Library Journal’s “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in 2012 as well as one of the National Education Association’s “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”.

You definitely can’t go wrong with this one!

Your 2-5 year olds will love the story and looking at the lovely illustrations!

Make Way for Ducklings

By Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey has so many beautiful children’s books that it was hard to pick one!

This is a favorite in our house (though the black and white pictures are a bit beyond my 2 year old, she prefers color right now).

But this Caldecott Medal winner will be grown into after a year or two.

Your 3-7 year olds will love the story of a mother duckling wandering through the city of Boston.

If you make a trip there, you’ll have to find the bronze statue of them!

A Child’s Garden of Verses

by Robert Louis Stevenson (author) and Tasha Tudor (illustrator)

Tasha Tudor is one of our favorite illustrators and her beautiful pictures of childhood and a simpler life paired with Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems and short stories is a definite winner!

This one is worth buying in hardback as your 4-8 year olds will enjoy it and it will hold up better as an early reader.

Introduce your children to a master of story-telling and poetry in an approachable way, even for the little ones with this classic!

The Mitten and The Hat

by Jan Brett

Jan Brett does beautiful illustrations with lots of details to see making these two great stories to read aloud!

Your kids will love seeing the silliness that happens when all the animals try to squeeze into the mitten or the hat.

These are definitely some fun books that will become favorites on your bookshelf.

We all know that reading aloud to our kids is important.

Reading aloud to your young children every day can make a huge difference in future comprehension and fluency.

It’s also a great way to connect with your kids.

But it can be hard to find books that they love that are also enjoyable for you.

These perfect read aloud books for your kids will keep them engaged, and you will love them too.

And, honestly, if you can find books that you enjoy too you’ll read together more and more.

So, add these favorites to your child’s bookshelves and you might just start looking forward to the times when they say – ‘read me a story’!

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<p>Alexis Robinson is a wife and mom living in the Southwest. She considers herself a sorta crunchy mama on a journey of gentle parenting, lower toxicity, and slower living in a laid back and common sense way.</p>

4 thoughts on “Read Me a Story – Perfect Read Aloud Books for Your Kids

  1. I read all those books to my girls. Recently, when I was cleaning off my bookshelves the girls wouldn’t let me give them away. They liked the Madeline books best but Garden of Verses and Duckling book were favs too.

    1. You’re so welcome! I hope it’s helpful! Yes, they do love to read and it keeps us on our toes, doesn’t it?

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