Quick List: Best Books to Read Aloud to Your Family


Looking for a good book to share with your child? This book list, compiled by a children’s librarian with 15 years experience, aims to provide you with a quick list of kid-friendly books that the children ask for and listen to time and time again.

For more information, including reviews of each book, search for the title at www.Amazon.com.

Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

215 p. Ages 9-12.

Barry, Dave. Peter & the Starcatchers.

451 p. Ages 8-12.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks.

262 p. Ages 7-12.

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts.

228 p. Ages 10-14.

Clements, Andrew. Frindle.

105 p. Ages 6-12.

Clements, Andrew. The Janitor’s Boy.

160 p. Ages 7-10.

Clements, Andrew. The Landry News.

138 p. Ages 8-12.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander.

311 p. Ages 6-12.

Coville, Bruce. The Monster’s Ring: A Magic Shop Book.

105 p. Ages 8-12.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons go to Birmingham: A Novel.

210 p. Ages 8-12.

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.

182 p. Ages 6-12.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

198 p. Ages 6-12.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember.

270 p. Ages 8-12.

Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House.

244 p. Ages 8-12.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.

160 p. Ages 9-12.

Hobbs, Will. Jason’s Gold.

221 p. Ages 8-12.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.

232 p. Ages 8-12.

Lin, Grace. The Year of the Dog.

134 p. Ages 6-10.

Lubar, David. Punished!

96 p. Ages 7-11.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall.

67 p. Ages 6-10.

Park, Barbara. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus.

69 p. Ages 4-8.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.

195 p. Ages 10-14.

Robinson, Barbara, 1927-. The (Worst) Best School Year Ever.

117 p. Ages 6-10.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

512 p. Ages 8-14.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising.

262 p. Ages 10-14.

Sachar, Louis. Holes.

233 p. Ages 10-14.

Sachar, Louis, Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

124 p. Ages 6-10.

Spinelli, Jerry. Loser.

218 p. Ages 9-12.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Secret Identity.

138 p. Ages 6-10.

Winkler, Henry 1945-. I got a D in Salami.

167 p. Ages 6-10.

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