Top 10 Read Aloud Books 2016!


So this was my first year at my dream job! Is it still my dream job?! Absolutely!!!

What do I love most about my job as a teacher-librarian? I get to read aloud a book to each class that comes for media each week. I adore sharing my love of books with my K-4th grade students! It is hands down the best part of my job!!

Here are my Top 10 favorite read aloud books from my first year as a media teacher!

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

10. The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

My fourth grade classes were hanging on every word and loved that this book was based on a true story. Many students watched it again on the BookFlix website when we were in the computer lab.


The Secret Subway

9. The Secret Subway by Shana Corey; Illustrations by Red Nose Studio

My fourth grade students also loved this story based on the first subway in New York City. Plus, the artwork is amazing! A must read!

Boats for Papa

8. Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

My third grade students…actually all my students grade K-4th adored this book. It was our mock Caldecott winner. This book was so interesting to read to all grade levels. The book opened up great discussions about what students thought happened to Papa.


Wacky Wednesday

7. Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss ; Illustrations by George Booth

This was a really fun book to read to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March. The kids loved pointing out all the wacky pictures. I also loved dressing up as the Cat in the Hat to make it extra fun!


The Dot1

Dot Day

6. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Students had fun celebrating Dot Day at the beginning of the year. Students made Dots using coffee filters and crayons after the read aloud and song. I loved the students creativity. Every dot was different!


The Thank You Book

5. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

K-2nd grade students love Piggie and Elephant! So The Thank You Book was a huge hit! The last book in the series is one of my favorites! I highly recommend it as a read aloud!



4. Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

My first grade students love this early reader series! Bob Shea is the king of funny and the second book in the series is even funnier than the first.


Wolfie the bunnie

3. Wolfie The Bunny by Ame Dyckman; Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

I’m a huge fan of Ame Dyckman’s books and her books with Zachariah OHora are the best!! Wolfie The Bunny is one of my favorite read aloud books of all time! My students adore it too!


The East Bunny's Assistants

Easter Bunny

2. The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

This is the perfect read aloud for K-1st grade around Easter time. My students loved it! Plus, it was a lot of fun to dress up as the Easter Bunny.


One Big Pair of Underwear

1. One Big Pair Of Underwear by Laura Gehl; Illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld

There is nothing better in this world then hearing kindergartners laugh! And this is the book that made my kindergarten students laugh the loudest. They just loved this book!

So what were your favorite read aloud books this year?! Please share some of your favorites in the comments section.

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4 Responses to Top 10 Read Aloud Books 2016!

  1. Emma Pollock says:

    Thanks for your wonderful suggestions. I’m keen to check them out. Here are mine: “Piranhas don’t eat Bananas” and “Thelma the Unicorn” both by Aaron Blabey and “The Book with no pictures” by BJ Novak.

  2. Lisa Preston says:

    My two favorite books were “Do NOT open this book” and “The book with no pictures” . Students of ages laughed. Got a few kids to read that do not like to read.

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