Books to Read Aloud to Your Child's Class
Grades K-3

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel – J 398.20966 Kim
African folktale character Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure by Robert San Souci – J 398.209415 San
In this exciting Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and surprises even herself with the discovery that she is the long-awaited hero who can conquer a fearsome giant.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett – Picture Books Bar
Life is delicious in Chewandswallow, where it rains soup, snows mashed potatoes, and storms hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson – Picture Books Woo
When new student Maya arrives in class, Chloe and her friends make fun of Maya’s shabby clothes and refuse to play with her. But when Maya moves away, Chloe realizes that she has forever lost the chance to make things right.

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl – Picture Books Dah
The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.

Epossumondas by Coleen Salley – Picture Books Sal
A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally, with hilarious consequences.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson – Picture Books Raw
When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord – Picture Books Lor
In this rollicking rhyme, four million wasps fly into the village of Itching Down, forcing the citizens to devise a creative and delicious way to get rid of them.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray – Picture Books Mur
In this rhyming adventure, a gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind in the classroom.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens – Picture Books Ste
When a tennis ball lands in a prairie dog hole, the residents find that their newfound frenzy for fuzz creates a fiasco.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – Picture Books Don
In this rhyming tale, a clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake. To his surprise, the Gruffalo really does show up, and the mouse must think fast to outwit him as well.

I’m Really Not Tired by Lori Sunshine – Picture Books Sun
In this rhyming story, Sam, convinced that his parents are having all kinds of fun after they send him to bed, sneaks down the stairs to get the real scoop.

Max’s Words by Kate Banks – Picture Books Ban
When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner – Picture Books Bot
A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian's enthusiastic efforts to convince her to love books, until she finds one that might change her mind. Pair this with Wiiliam Steig’s Shrek.

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard – Picture Books All
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

One of Us by Peggy Moss – Picture Books Mos
On her first day at Baker School, Roberta is welcomed by different groups, only to be told she does not fit in with them for some reason. But by the next day, members of each group have begun to see that they do not have to be alike in every way.

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett – Picture Books Emm
In this fairy tale spoof, a new baby princess accidentally changes places with a piglet, and both of their lives are forever changed.

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss – Picture Books Seu
The star-bellied Sneetches enjoy walking around with their snouts in the air, excluding the Sneetches who don’t have stars. But when Sylvester McMonkey McBean shows up promising to fix everything, the Sneetches must learn the hard way how to look past their differences and accept one another.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig – Picture Books Ste
In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock, but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco – Picture Books Pol
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

There’s Something in My Attic by Mercer Mayer – Picture Books May
Convinced there is something making noise in the attic at night, a brave little girl sneaks up the stairs, lasso in hand, to capture the creature she imagines is there.

Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin – Picture Books Rub
When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep birds, the only creatures he likes, from leaving for the winter, he finds himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the abundant food.

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens – Picture Books Ste
When Hare needs to feed his family, he strikes a deal with lazy Bear to use Bear’s land to grow crops and split everything “right down the middle.” Hare gives Bear his choice of tops or bottoms, but thanks to Hare’s cleverness, Bear can never choose right.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka – Picture Books Sci
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Wait! I Want to Tell You a Story by Tom Willans – Picture Books Wil
When a hungry tiger announces his intention to eat a muskrat, the clever muskrat outwits the tiger by saying “Wait! I want to tell you story…” which sets off a circular story with a hilarious surprise ending.

We Can’t Sleep by James Stevenson – Picture Books Ste
When two children announce that they can’t sleep, their Grandpa comes to the rescue with a wild adventure tale from his youth.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra – Picture Books Sierra
A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.