Top Ten Read Alouds (x 3)

Top 10 for toddlers/preschoolers: 

1. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
2. Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee
3. 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann
4.  Yummy-Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
5.  Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
6.  How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
7.  Peek-A-Boo by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
8.  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
9.  The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
10. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

All of those have been favorites of at least one child and in most case beloved by all three of mine.  And all are books that I don’t mind reading again and again and again.

Top Ten Picture Books: 

1.  Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson (and all the other Bear books)
2.  Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
3.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
4.  Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
5.  anything by Nancy Tafuri
6.  anything by Lois Ehlert
7.  Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
8.  Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
9.  Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
10. anything by Steve Jenkins 

This was a harder list to make as there are so many fabulous picture books to choose from. I went with books that we have all loved and books that I make a point of seeking out to read again to the younger kids. You can see that I cheated a bit and included some authors. Those are authors that I also seek out when I’m looking for something reliably good to read to the kids. I could easily have made a list of top-ten authors which would have included anything by Jane Yolen, Karma Wilson, Cynthia Rylant, Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss.

Top Ten Chapter Book Read Alouds:

1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
3. Half Magic by Edward Eager
4. The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
5. Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
6. Little House in the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. Redwall by Brian Jacques
8. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
9. Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins
10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This was also a hard list. I could have asked my kids and probably gotten three very different lists (one for David, one for John and one for me). But I chose to pick the books that consistently we’ve all enjoyed, starting with Charlotte’s Web which was the first chapter book I read with both boys.

Many Little Blessings is hosting Top Ten Tuesday and the theme today is Top Ten Read-Alouds. I’m planning on checking out as many links as I can to get new ideas for our summer (and beyond) reading.


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