The following is a list of read aloud books that are a great accompaniment to many lessons. They are sorted by topic. Check back as the list will grow.

First Days of School:

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway (Great book to make a point with little ones.)

A Very Special Critter by Gina and Mercer Meyer (The Critter books are great for teaching manners.)

Just Say Please by Gina and Mercer Meyer

Just a Bad Day by Gina and Mercer Meyer


The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin

Say It, Sign It by Elaine Epstein

The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur


A Book of Seasons by Alice and Martin Provenson

Autumn Days by Ann Schweninger

Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings

What Happens in Autumn by National Geographic Society

The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

Being Brave:

Harriet and the Roller Coaster by Nancy Carlson


Turkey’s Gift to the People

Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson and Judy Schachner

…If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern and Anna DiVito

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of Thanksgiving Symbolsby Edna Barth and Ursula Arndt

Thanskgiving Is…by Gail Gibbons
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas and Shannon Stirnweis


Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

What Star is This? by Joseph Slate

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joesph Slate

A Child Was Born: A First Nativity Book by Grace Maccarone

Christmas Stories and Poems Illustrated by Lisa McCue


The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Susan Blaire

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey


Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Lunch by Denise Fleming


Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear by Nancy White Carlstrom (Rhyming Book!)

One to Ten and Back Again by Ann Ferns (Rhyming Book!)

12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam

The Best Bug Parade by Stuart J. Murphy

Days of the Week:

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Earth Day:

The Earth and I by Frank Asch

Farm Life:

The Little Red Hen

Cock-a-doodle-d00 Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Rhyming book!)

The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most

Great Endings:

Doctor De Soto by William Steig


Something Special by David McPhail

Incredible You! by Dr. Wayne W. Dryer w/ Kristina Tracy


Lunch by Denise Fleming

Scaredy Mouse by Alan McDonald

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Mother and Child:

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

Just You and Me by Sam McBratney

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Ocean Life:

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Life in the Sea by Maris Rius and J.M. Parramon

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway


Tadpole to Frog by Elizabeth Roger/Scholastic (Pop-up!)


Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Nobody’s Mother is in Second Grade by Robin Pulver

Mooncake by Frank Asch

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slbodkina

When the Fly Flew In…by Lisa Westberg Peters

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

The ____ from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (series)


The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie

Our Two Gardens by Margaret Hebblethwaite and Peter Kavanagh

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle

Spider’s Babysitting Job by Robert Kraus

Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis

Miss Spider’s New Car by David Kirk (Rhyming Book!)

When Will it be Spring? by Catherine Walters


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett