Readers' Favorite Books to Read Aloud

Posted by Hayley on February 01, 2018
Happy World Read Aloud Day! We never need an excuse to crack open beloved books and share a few passages with those around us, but this annual event invites us to do it for a good cause. On this day, people from all around the globe are reading aloud and sharing stories to "advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people."

Want to participate but need a few suggestions to get you started? We asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook to recommend the books they've loved reading aloud. Check out the top answers and find out more about World Read Aloud Day here.

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Will you be participating in World Read Aloud Day? Tell us how in the comments or join the conversation on social with the hashtag #WorldReadAloudDay.

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message 1: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Little House in the Big Woods and The Long winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder are two choice that come to mind.


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah The following by Christopher Paul Curtis are excellent read-alouds:

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Bud, Not Buddy
Elijah Of Buxton
The Madman of Piney Woods

Be prepared to laugh uproariously and shed tears. On the same page. Multiple times. This man writes wonderful characters whose lives toe a thin line between comedy and tragedy.


message 3: by Gray (new)

Gray Cox Mr. Popper's Penguins is a great and hilarious book to read aloud to siblings.


message 4: by Maria (new)

Maria Freeman To be honest, all Terry Pratchett books are improved by reading them aloud


message 5: by Emmeline Joy (new)

Emmeline Joy My favorites are "Chronicles of Narnia" and "Hobbit" that my dad and I read aloud while I was growing up.


message 6: by Pat (last edited Feb 01, 2018 08:00AM) (new)

Pat The Napping House by Audrey Wood; Wynken, Blynken and Nod; and The Gift by Hafiz


message 7: by Angrboda (new)

Angrboda Maria wrote: "To be honest, all Terry Pratchett books are improved by reading them aloud"

I agree! Feet of Clay has a scene which, when I first read it, was so hilarious I re-read it out loud to myself, and then got the giggles so bad I couldn't carry on reading any more. :)


message 8: by Janice (new)

Janice Bolick I really have no reason to read books out loud, but those are some good choices.


ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, always made me cry when I read it to my sons, when they were small. I can't wait to have grandchildren to read it to.


message 10: by Vanita (new)

Vanita Bud, Not Buddy


message 11: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie Must be fate, I've been reading aloud Katy Carter Wants a Hero, so since I will probably read it today, then I guess I'll be participating. ; )

I think that funny books and classics are my favorites to read out loud.


message 12: by Elanna (new)

Elanna Joyce's Ulysses is a book to read aloud, and the Divine Comedy and Remembrance of Things Past are other pearls.
I am a baby-room practitioner, so everyday is Read Aloud Day! Today it was Animal Music Animal Music by Julia Donaldson
I used the melody of Singing in the Rain. Standing ovation. Actually, wobbling ovation.


message 13: by Josiah (new)

Josiah Sarah wrote: "The following by Christopher Paul Curtis are excellent read-alouds:

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Bud, Not Buddy
Elijah Of Buxton
[bo..."


I absolutely agree about Christopher Paul Curtis. He's one of the great masters of both emotional storytelling and high-level comedy.


message 14: by David (last edited Feb 01, 2018 02:44PM) (new)

David Tilson The Phantom Tollbooth is a great one.


message 15: by Memory (new)

Memory Toast We are in a Book! is a favorite of mine to read-aloud. Actually pretty much Elephant and Piggie books are great for that, but this book in particular is just hilarious!


message 16: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard The Enormous Egg by Butterworth


message 17: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard Never Tease a Weasel by Soule


message 18: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I don’t have kids to read to, but a friend told me that JK Rowling is even better when read aloud.


message 19: by Erika (last edited Feb 02, 2018 03:59PM) (new)

Erika Shelley wrote: "Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, always made me cry when I read it to my sons, when they were small. I can't wait to have grandchildren to read it to."

Yes absolutely! Robert Munsch and Doctor Seuss were my childhood. I especially loved Alligator Baby because I had a tape of Munsch reading it, and his voices were perfect. In terms of more recent publications, Mo Willems' Pigeon books are brilliant. Every kid I've read them to loves them, and I always get a giggle out of them too.


message 21: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Which book belongs to the lovely owl painting-cover that is shown on the library page promoting this event?


message 22: by Margie (new)

Margie Rogers "Just So Stories, my best beloved.


message 23: by Missy (new)

Missy Thornton Alexander's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! Judith Viorst


message 24: by shms (new)

shms I second C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, out of those particularly 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'.


message 25: by Chant (last edited Feb 02, 2018 01:53PM) (new)

Chant I agree with "There a Monster at the End of This Book!" and "The Book With No Pictures", and would add the classic "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina, and pretty much anything by Mo Willems, but especially his "Don't Let the Pigeon..." books and "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs."


message 26: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald All of Beverly Cleary's books are great for reading out loud. I read them to my sons when they were little, and they still quote from the books sometimes at ages 18 and 20!😄


message 27: by dennis smith (new)

dennis smith Shelley wrote: "Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, always made me cry when I read it to my sons, when they were small. I can't wait to have grandchildren to read it to."

I Love You forever, was the book I would read aloud to my children aloud when I was first a children's librarian, and wanted to sharpen my read loud skills.
Now, my youngest daughter, a Staff Sargent in the Army, reminds me, when she wishes I could be at her bunk in Kuwait tucking her in.


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