Reading aloud to children prepares them for learning to read and keeps them reading as they learn and grow. It’s fun and also worth continuing for intermediate and secondary students. Choosing a read-aloud that you and your students will enjoy is crucial, so here are a few suggested resources.
Visit our Reading aloud page for information, tips and strategies about reading aloud for parents and teachers.
Picture books and fiction are popular read-alouds. But also include material such as biographies / autobiographies, non-fiction, poetry, and newspaper and magazine articles in your selection.
Many public libraries will have read-aloud booklists, while journals of children's books will indicate recommended read-alouds in their reviews.
Share recommendations for great read-alouds with your library and teaching colleagues, either via listservs, or at network meetings, or through our online Communities.
The first two titles in the Readme bookmark series; Picturebook and Intermediate Read Alouds are available for download at the bottom of this page.
Visit the following sites for recommended read-alouds:
- Our Create Readers blog (Read Aloud Books category) - reviews of recent titles recommended as read-alouds
- Mem Fox has 3 read alouds each week and a read aloud lesson. See her “Ten Read-aloud Commandments”
- Treasury of Readalouds - Jim Trelease
- Nancy Keane Readalouds - a list of read-alouds organised by theme, age groups etc.
- The NZ Pacific Picture Book Collection (PDF)
- Best Read Aloud Chapter Books from Good Reads
- Great Books to Read Aloud (PDF) "over 70 tried and tested great books to read aloud" - a project of Children's Laureate and author Jacqueline Wilson
- Recommended Books for Boys (and Girls!) - Wayne Mills' list on Lorraine Orman's Story-go-round website
- Read Aloud America offers resources and up to date booklists for toddlers to adults.
- Great Read-Alouds from the New York Times
- Top Read Alouds: The Christchurch Children’s Library Team has created great lists of the Top 5 Read Alouds for every decade the Library has been open.
Find out more about Reading aloud including strategies for reading aloud to children and teens and downloadable resources.
The following bookmarks with read-aloud suggestions have been developed for you to download and enjoy.
Image: Mem Fox reading to children at Mosman Library, by Mosman library on Flickr