Great Books to Read Aloud During National Storytelling Week

Posted by Cybil on January 30, 2017


Today marks the start of National Storytelling Week! This annual event began in 1993 to support storytelling in England and Wales.

The event, in particular, honors the ancient artform of oral storytelling. So we thought it would be only right to round up some of our favorite books to read aloud.

Tell us what books you and your family love to read aloud in the comments.

Great Books to Read Aloud:
The Hobbit
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The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe
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The Bad Beginning
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James and the Giant Peach
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Charlotte's Web
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Little House on the Prairie
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A Wrinkle in Time
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Where the Red Fern Grows
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Want more ideas? Check out this list of Best Read-Aloud Chapter Books or these Great Read-Aloud Fantasy Books and add then to add the to your Want to Read list.

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message 1: by Barbara (new)

Barbara McEwen I have been reading Charlotte's Web aloud to my son. We had a blast making the various bird calls he uses in the book last night.


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael A great week to listen to audiobooks


message 3: by C.E. (new)

C.E. Crowder I've also had success with:
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Misty of Chincoteague
The Phantom Tollbooth
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
Others by Dahl including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, etc.
Swallows and Amazons (a personal favourite)
Five Children and It

Can't go too wrong either with the Magic Treehouse series or
Thorton W. Burgess' Green Forest series.


Alan-Without-Poe I love read to my little nephew. Now we are reading Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. And I think that when he gets older I would go to read to children at hospitals.


message 5: by Keanes (new)

Keanes Reading out loud Gary Paulsen's The Winter Room to my fifth graders...rich text, they are LOVING it!


message 6: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I love reading a variety of books to my younger Grandchildren.
Rhyming text always goes down well.


message 7: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Hendricks I have read Charlotte's Web many times since elementary school and I'm 60 now. I still think it is a wonderful book. And I was given one of the "The Little House on the Prairie" books when I was just 5 years old by a wonderful neighbor woman that I was close to. I still have the book. I just love that little series of books.


message 8: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Boxcar Children! I remember my dad spending hours reading them to us before bed, and now I enjoy reading them to my son.


message 9: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Hendricks Another wonderful book is Ole Yeller! Another wonderful book of my childhood days! It is so hard to pick a favorite book when I think of these books of my childhood that I still enjoy today.


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