Reading Storybooks is one of the best ways to build children’s oral language (also known as expressive and receptive language) in the classroom and or at home as part of your Structured Literacy Approach.

Zaner-Bloser has released an incredible information sheet on how to set a routine for parents and teachers to use to make sure you are getting the most out of your read-aloud.The two-page document also includes a list of questions to ask for fiction books and a separate list non fiction.This list is really helpful if reading aloud doesn’t come naturally to you or if you are a teacher its a great handout for parents.It is also a great resource to help children who have language delays.

You can download the document  here – Read-Aloud_Routine to use with any of the books suggested below.

Children’s Picture Books

  • The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Mulhammad
  • Greyfriars Bobby by Ruth Brown (true story)
  • The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
  • Home Child by Dawn McMillian
  • A Boy and a Ball by Phil Cummings
  • Dinosaur Hunter by David Hill
  • Taking the Lead by David Hill
  • First to the Top by David Hill
  • Speed King by David Hill
  • Hero of the Sea by David Hill
  • Sky High by David Hill
  • The Golden Rule by Ilene cooper
  • Kate Sheppard by Maria Gill
  • Three by Stephen Michael King
  • Lucy Goes to the Lighthouse by Grant Sheehan
  • The Dragon Riders by James Russell
  • The Dragon Hunters by James Russell
  • The Dragon Tamers by James Russell
  • The Mouse Cat by Antonia Barber
  • Flood by Jackie French
  • Herbert The Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton
  • Fire by Jackie French
  • The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone
  • The First Dog by Jan Brett
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky
  • A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
  • They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • Rotten Island by William Steig
  • Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Mrs Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
  • Peter Pan
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Wind in the Willows
  • Aesops
  • Chinese Myths
  • Wisp: A Story of Hope by Raillon Zara
  • Old Man by V,SARAH
  • Sulwe By Lupita Nyong’o by Vashti Harrison
  • Ten Pound Pom by Carole Wilkinson
  • Harmonica by Dawn McMillian
  • Elephant Man by Di Fiore MAriangela
  • Extraordinary Mr Qwerty by Karla Strambini
  • Bess the Brave War Horse by Susan Brocker
  • Anzac Violin by Jennifer Beck
  • The Bantam and the Solider by Jennifer Beck
  • The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millet
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost , Susan Jeffers
  • The Glorious Flight by Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
  • The Raft by Jim LaMarche
  • Andy and the Circus by Ellis Credle
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Song of a River by Joy Cowley

Chapter Books

  •  Alice in Wonderland
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Railway Children
  • King Arthur
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde
  • Oliver Twist
  • Treasure Island
  • Around the World in 80 days
  • Huckleberry Fin
  • Black Beauty
  • Greek Myths
  • North Myths

This document was created by Sharon Scurr founder of the deb, 3rd March 2022