Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss
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
PRIMARY: GRADES K-3
A collection of poems focusing on family issues and emotions.
||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.
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads.
||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.
||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.
||Achoo, Bang, Crash!
Words about sound and noise illustrate the letters of the alphabet.
Two hungry wolves in disguise attempt to raid a sheep farm.
A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally.
||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.
||Wright, Betty Ren
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.
INTERMEDIATE: GRADES 4-6
||Codell, Esme Raji
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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
Based on the true story of a bird of prey's survival after being struck by a poacher's arrow.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: GRADES 6-8
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.
||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.
||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.
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.
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.
||Peters, Julie Anne
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.
||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.
||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.
Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||If Peace Is...
Illustrations and rhyming text describe what peace is.
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.
||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.
||The Blind Hunter
A blind African hunter teaches a young man how to see by using his other senses.
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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