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Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss

The Indiana Library Federation publishes this project of AIME (Association for Indiana Media Educators).


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J629.454 FLOCA Floca, Brian Moonshot
Space flight to the moon.
JE BOTTN Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't)
A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian's efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.
JE DENIS Denise, Anika Bella and Stella Come Home
A little girl tries to reassure her favorite doll when they moved to a new, and very different, home.
JE ORLOF Orloff, Karen Kaufman I Wanna New Room
Through a series of brief letters to his parents, Alex presents all the reasons why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother.
JE ROSEN Rosenthal, Amy Krouse Spoon
Spoon's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon?
JE THOMA Thomas, Jan Rhyming Dust Bunnies
As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger.
JE WARDL Wardlaw, Lee Won Ton
A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BROAC Broach, Elise Masterpiece
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
J COULO Couloumbis, Audrey Jake
When ten-year-old Jake's widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas while her sister and best friend are both away, a grandfather Jake barely remembers must come to Baltimore, Maryland, to help a neighbor take care of him.
J LOWRY Lowry, Lois The Willoughbys
In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
J PAULS Paulsen, Gary Lawn Boy
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
J TASHJ Tashjian, Janet My Life as a Book
Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.
J WESTO Weston, Robert Paul Zorgamazoo
Imaginative and adventurous Katrina eludes her maniacal guardian to help Morty, a member of a vanishing breed of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fabled zorgles of Zorgmazoo as well as of other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the earth.
JE POLAC Polacco, Patricia Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln
When two brothers visit a museum in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, with their grandmother, they find themselves in a very realistic Civil War setting where they see the Antietam battlefield and meet historical figures from the aftermath of that momentous battle. Includes author's note on the Battle of Antietam.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BENED Benedictus, David Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
Collects the further stories of Christopher Robin and his imaginary animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, where the animals anticipate Christopher Robin's return, meet a new friend, and solve the mystery of missing bees.
J808.8 EVERY Silvey, Anita Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book
What children's book changed the way you see the world? Anita Silvey asked this question to more than one hundred of our most respected and admired leaders in society, and she learned about the books that shaped their lives.
J811.54 SINGE Singer, Marilyn Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.
JB SCI27K Scieszka, Jon Knucklehead
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.
JE DEEDY Deedy, Carmen Agra 14 Cows for America
Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.

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