List your favorite elementary school read-alouds here. They are organized by theme. Be sure to list the author's name if there is one!

First Week of School

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Stella Luella's Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • But Excuse Me That Is My Book by Lauren Child
  • Mr. Wiggle's Book by Paula M. Craig et al.
  • The Shelf Elf by Jackie Mims Hopkins
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
    We're Going on a Book Hunt by Pat Miller
  • If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris
  • What Do Teachers Do After You Leave School? by Anne Bowen
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague


  • Koala Lou by Mem Fox
  • Tacky and the Winter Games


  • Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
  • Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio
  • Otto for President by Rosemary Wells
  • My Dad, John McCain by Megan McCain and Dan Andreasen
  • Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes
  • Capital Mysteries #10: The Election-Day Disaster (A Stepping Stone Book (TM)) by Ron Roy and Timothy Bush
  • If I Were President
  • My Teacher for President
  • Dilly for President by Cynthia L. Copeland
  • Vote for Isaiah!: A Citizenship Story by Anastasia Suen
  • Pete For President by Daisy Alberto
  • Elect Me! By Fran Manushkin
  • Mac & Cheese, Pleeeeze! By Eleanor May


  • Hallo-wiener by Dave Pilkey
  • Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
  • Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark from Reading Rainbow
  • Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa
  • The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • Pumpkin Moon by Tim Preston
  • Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
  • Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi
  • Halloween by Jerry Seinfeld
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Troiano
  • Tell Me a Scary Story... but Not Too Scary and Tell Me Another Scary Story... but Not Too Scary by Carl Reiner (use the CDs that come with these!)
  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman


  • Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Little Match Girl adapted by Jerry Pinkney
  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
  • Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
  • Are You Grumpy Santa? by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis
  • All I Ever Want Christmas Doll by Patricia McKissack
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe (my favorite)
  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry



Valentine's Day

  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Library Month

Earth Week

  • Wump World by Bill Peet
  • Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Hey! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham
  • Michael Recycle and Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel

Last Week of School

  • Last Day of School by Poydar
  • Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Slate
  • No More Pencils, No More Books by DeGroat
  • When It's the Last Day of School by Boelts
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague


  • Shout: Little Poems that Roar by Brod Bager
  • Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
  • Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield
  • Lunch Money by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Almost Late for School by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel
  • How Turtle Set the Animals Free: An Okanagan Legend
  • Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey
  • The Tale of Tricky Fox by Jim Aylesworth
  • Heckety Peg by Audrey Woods


  • Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri


  • My Truck Is Stuck by Kevin Lewis

Progression/ Repetition Books

  • The Bridge Is Up by Babs Bell
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Chapter Books

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
  • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
  • The Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class by Hornik
  • Bunnicula by James Howe
  • The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming
  • The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman

Other Favorites

  • Willa and the Wind by Janice DelNegro
  • Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolan
  • The Legend of Windigo by Gayle Ross
  • Tuesday by David Weisner
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
  • Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • Stella Luna by Janell Cannon
  • Jamberry by Bill Degen
  • Titch by Pat Hutchins
  • Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candace Fleming
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • Barn Dance! by Bill Martin
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat by Lynn Munsinger
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
  • Henry and the Kite Dragon by Bruce Hall
  • Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey