Here are a few books we’ve read aloud as a family. I wish I could spend more time reading aloud to my kiddos. Even with limited time, it’s amazing that we’ve read as many books as we have over the years, and some of the picture books have been read over and over. Every little bit counts, and choosing quality books is important. I hope our list helps. 

Happy reading, and don’t forget the hot cocoa! 🙂


Picture Books:

Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Go, Dog, Go!

Bedtime for Frances

A Bargain for Frances

If Jesus Came to My House

Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever!

Harry the Dirty Dog

Be Nice to Spiders

The Big Green Pocketbook

Night of the Moonjellies

Caps for Sale

The Carrot Seed

Benjy’s Doghouse

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and the entire series of “If You Give…” books)

One Morning in Maine

All Grades:

The Hundred Dresses

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Henry Huggins

Little House in the Big Woods

Understood Betsy

The Cricket in Times Square

Ramona the Pest

Charlotte’s Web

The Boy Who Saved Cleveland

Caddie Woodlawn

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Those Kids in Proverbsville

The Story of Helen Keller

Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!

Ben & Me

Sarah, Plain and Tall

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days

The Door in the Wall (Newbery Medal Winner)

In Grandma’s Attic

More Stories from Grandma’s Attic

Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic

Treasures from Grandma’s Attic

The Trumpet of the Swan


Mountain Born

Little House on the Prairie

Farmer Boy

On the Banks of Plum Creek

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Thimble Summer (Newbery Medal Winner)


The Tanglewoods’ Secret

All-of-a-Kind Family

The Long Winter

Peppermints in the Parlor

Anne of Green Gables

Freaky Friday (Word of Caution: there are a couple of curse words and several crude words in this book. I altered it as I read it aloud. Please keep that in mind if you choose to read this book aloud or have a child read it on his own.)

These Happy Golden Years

The Whipping Boy (Newbery Medal Winner)


Hank the Cowdog

Amos Fortune: Free Man (Newbery Medal Winner)

Sign of the Beaver (Newbery Medal Winner)

Middle – Upper Grades:

The 21 Balloons (Newbery Medal Winner)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Deals with the ill treatment that African-Americans received during the Depression in rural Mississippi.) (Newbery Medal Winner)

Sarah Bishop (Deals with the ill treatment that civilians on both sides received during the Revolutionary War – very descriptive.)

James and the Giant Peach (The reader should be aware that there is a bit of crude language in this book. When reading aloud to my children, I omitted this language or changed the word(s). For example the word “ass” is used meaning “silly”. I said “silly” instead. It is a hilarious adventure tale, however, and we greatly enjoyed the story.)

Treasure Island

Favorite Holiday Books:

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Cranberry Christmas

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Cranberry Valentine

Cranberry Summer

Jenny’s Surprise Summer


Click HERE for a list of the Newbery Award winners.


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