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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


J811.54 GRAND Bennett, Jill Grandad's Tree
A collection of poems focusing on family issues and emotions.
JE CHILD Child, Lauren Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book
A boy who loves books but has not always treated them well falls asleep and finds himself in his book of fairy tales, where his interaction with everyone from Goldilocks to Cinderella wreaks havoc.
JE FOX Fox, Mem Magic Hat
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads.
JE LAMIN Laminack, Lester L. Saturdays and Teacakes
A young boy remembers the Saturdays when he was nine or ten and he would ride his bicycle to his Ma'am-maw's house, where they spent the day together mowing the lawn, picking vegetables, eating lunch, and making delicious, sweet teacakes.
JE LONG Long, Melinda How I Became a Pirate
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.
JE MACDO MacDonald, Ross Achoo, Bang, Crash!
Words about sound and noise illustrate the letters of the alphabet.
JE PALAT Palatini, Margie Bad Boys
Two hungry wolves in disguise attempt to raid a sheep farm.
JE SALLE Salley, Coleen Epossumondas
A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally.
JE TYSON Tyson, Leigh Ann An Interview With A Harry the Tarantula
Katy Did of WBUG Radio interviews Harry about a recent adventure and, in the process, finds out a lot about tarantulas.
JE WRIGH Wright, Betty Ren The Blizzard
Although a blizzard prevents his cousins from visiting for his birthday, a disappointed Billy ends up having a very special day when his teacher and classmates must stay overnight at his family's house to wait out the snowstorm.


J CODEL Codell, Esme Raji Sahara Special
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
J COLLI Collins, Suzanne Gregor the Overlander
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
J CREEC Creech, Sharon Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.
J LAWLO Lawlor, Laurie The School at Crooked Creek
Living on the 19th-century Indiana frontier with his parents and irritable older sister Louise, six-year-old Beansie dreads his first day of school, but his resilience surprises even his sister.
J STAPL Staples, Suzanne The Green Dog
From the author of "Shabanu" comes this tale of a young girl who desperately wants a dog. Her story reminds readers what it's like to wish for something so hard--and to love something so completely. Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 5.3, 4 Points.
JE BYARS Byars, Betsy The SOS File
The students in Mr. Magro's class submit stories for the SOS file about their biggest emergencies, and then they read them aloud for extra credit.
JE FLEMI Fleming, Candace Boxes for Katje
After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.
JE MORRO Morrow, Barbara Olenyik A Good Night for Freedom
Hallie discovers two runaway slaves hiding in Levi Coffin's home and must decide whether to turn them in or help them escape to freedom. Includes historical notes on the Underground Railroad and abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin.
JE PARK Park, Linda Sue The Firekeeper's Son
In eighteenth-century Korea, after Sang-hee's father injures his ankle, Sang-hee attempts to take over the task of lighting the evening fire which signals to the palace that all is well. Includes historical notes.
JE SCAHE Schaefer, Lola Arrowhawk
Based on the true story of a bird of prey's survival after being struck by a poacher's arrow.


YA FICTION Deuker, Carl High Heat
When sophomore Shane Hunter's father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher's life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.
J CHOLD Choldenko, Gennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
J DUPRA DuPrau, Jeanne City of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
J HESSE Hesse, Karen Witness
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
J PAULS Paulsen, Gary Glass Café
When twelve-year-old Tony, a talented artist, begins sketching the dancers at the Kitty Kat Club where his mother is an exotic dancer, it sparks the attention of social services.
J PETER Peters, Julie Anne Define "Normal"
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.
J PHILB Philbrick, Rodman Young Man and the Sea
After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a hugh bluefin tuna.
J WHELA Whelan, Gloria Chu Ju's House
The bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning "Homeless Bird" transports readers to modern-day China, where present-day law conspires with age-old tradition to rob a young woman of her home.
J WOODS Woodson, Jacqueline Hush
Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.
J614.5 MURPH Murphy, Jim An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . . In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever.


J398.2 Shannon, George True Lies
Presents a collection of eighteen brief folktales in which the reader is asked to explain how the folk character lied and told the truth at the same time.
J428.1 LEEDY Leedy, Loreen There's A Frog in My Throat
There's a Frog in My Throat! 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me rounds up animal sayings.
J510 TANG Tang, Greg Math-terpieces
A series of rhymes about artists and their works introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as such artistic styles as cubism, pointillism, and surrealism.
J810.8 ON On Her Way
Growing up has never been easy, but the girls in this inspiring collection of twenty-one stories and poems for ’tweens tackle it with gusto.
J974.71 KALMA Kalman, Maira Fireboat
A fireboat, launched in 1931, is retired after many years of fighting fires along the Hudson River, but is saved from being scrapped and then called into service again on September 11, 2001.
JE BASKW Baskwill, Jane If Peace Is...
Illustrations and rhyming text describe what peace is.
JE FLOCA Floca, Brian Racecar Alphabet
An exciting day at the races highlights the letters of the alphabet as a variety of automobiles burn fuel speeding through the curves of the track.
JE PATTI Pattison, Darcy Journey of Oliver K. Woodman
Oliver K. Woodman, a man made of wood, takes a remarkable journey across America, as told through the postcards and letters of those he meets along the way.
JE RODAN Rodanas, Kristine The Blind Hunter
A blind African hunter teaches a young man how to see by using his other senses.
JE UHLBE Uhlberg, Myron The Printer
A boy recalls the day his deaf father saved everyone's life when fire broke out at the newspaper printing plant where he worked.

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