Family Read-Aloud Book List
Poppy by Avi (+ Fic Avi)
Poppy the deer mouse wants her family to move to a field where food is more plentiful, but a bullying owl has different ideas.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (+ Fic Birdsall, J)
Four sisters, their father, and dog are off to spend the summer in a rented cottage. They have great adventures with the young boy who lives in the nearby mansion.
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (+ Fic Cleary, B)
Ramona is going to her first day in kindergarten and can’t wait to learn everything. But her pesky behavior causes mishaps and headaches for her teacher and classmates. An amusing tale of one girl’s energetic attitude at school.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis(+ Fic Cur)
As the Watson family travels from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama, younger brother Kenny narrates the hardship of dealing with his older brother’s antics in the midst of the historic and tragic summer of 1963.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (+ Fic Dahl, R)
James is stuck living with his terrible aunts until a fateful encounter creates a giant peach in front of his eyes, a peach that he rides in a wild adventure that crosses the Atlantic Ocean.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (+ Fic DiCamillo, K)
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted stuffed toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. As years pass and he travels the world, he learns the meaning of love.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (+ Fic DiCamillo, K)
This tale of a brave mouse, the princess that he loves, a silly servant girl, and a devious rat determined to get revenge is a guaranteed hit.
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper (+ Fic Draper, S)
Melody has cerebral palsy, and her classmates can’t get past her physical appearance to see her brilliant mind and a brave spirit.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (+ Fic DuPrau, J)
Twelve-year-old Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet are the only people in their city who are worried – worried because time is running out before their city runs out of supplies and is plunged into unending darkness.
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (+ Fic Erdrich, L)
Eight-year old Omakayas and her Ojibwa family live on Lake Superior's Madeline Island, where they build summer birchbark houses, harvest rice in the fall, and make maple syrup in rhythm with the seasons’changing.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (+ Fic Gantos, J)
Joey has trouble paying attention and controlling his mood swings. A book about making bad choices, acting out, and coping with an attention disorder that will appeal to fans of poignant humor.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (+ Fic Grahame, K)
Mole, Badger, Rat and Toad become fast friends in this animal adventure first published in 1908. A charming read about friends exploring outdoors in the Wild Wood and learning from each other.
Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan (+ Fic Hannigan, K)
Fourth-grader Ida B. happily spends her time outdoors being homeschooled until an unfortunate event means she must go to public school.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (+ Fic Kelly, J)
Eleven-year old Calpurnia spends a year discovering the wonders of nature observing water creatures and insects with her curious grandfather on their Texas farm in 1899.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (+ Fic Juster, N)
Milo is eternally bored until his adventures in the Land of Wisdom, where he must resolve a royal family feud and rescue Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason from the Land of Ignorance.
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (+ Fic Korman, G)
Eighth-grade football star Wallace Wallace gets in trouble for writing a negative book report and is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play. But his teacher is unaware that Wallace has helped make rock-and-roll changes to the play.
Savvy by Ingrid Law (+ Newbery Fic Law, I)
Mibs Beaumont is excited to find out her "savvy" – a magical power unique to each member of her family – especially when her father gets in an accident. Can her savvy help save him?
The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis (+ Fic Lewis, C. S.)
This first installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series follows schoolchildren Polly and Digory as they discover Narnia, meet an evil queen, and encounter the wise lion King Aslan.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (+ Fic Lowry, L)
In Denmark, 1943, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s Jewish friend Ellen Rosen and her family in order to avoid detection. Based on the true story of the Danish resistance’s efforts to smuggle Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (+ Fic MacDonald, B)
A humorous romp in the wild world of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a friendly and eccentric woman who loves children and lives in an upside-down house.
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (++ E Pennypacker, S (Gray))
Eight-year-old Clementine sifts through changing friendships and school trouble while helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from their apartment building.
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (+ Fic Pullman, P)
Lyra and her best friend Roger live in Oxford and are trying to learn about the Gobblers, a group of people linked to missing children. As Lyra’s discovers the truth, she gains the help of some fantastical characters.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (+ Fic Rowling, J)
When orphan Harry is summoned by letter to the Hogwart’s Wizard Academy, he finds himself part of a magical new world and in the midst of school-age adventures.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (YA Fic Ryan, P)
After her wealthy father dies, thirteen-year-old Esperanza and her mother must leave their estate in Mexico to become migrant workers in California and adapt to their new life.
Holes by Louis Sachar (+ Fic Sachar, L)
Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys' juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. While digging holes in the ground, Stanley finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of self.
Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii by Graham Salisbury and Jacqueline Rogers (++ E Salisbury, G (Gray))
Calvin is an adventurous Hawaiian boy – but when flash flooding from a tropical storm sweeps his friend into the water, Calvin shows bravery and resourcefulness.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (+ Fic Stewart, T)
Four orphans answer a newspaper ad and become members of a team of secret child investigators determined to find out what goes on at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened.
The Land by Mildred Taylor (YA Fic Taylor, M)
Paul-Edward is the son of a plantation owner and a former slave. He doesn’t fit in anywhere because of how he looks in post-Civil War Georgia, so he runs away from his privileged life to find a piece of land to call his own.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (+ Fic White, E. B.)
The beloved story of a pig named Wilbur and his intelligent friend Charlotte, the spider who saves his life with a creative plan.