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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
JE AUCH Auch, Mary Jane Souperchicken
When Henrietta becomes the first chicken in her coop to learn how to read, she uses her skills to save her aunties from becoming chicken soup.
JE CRIMI Crimi, Carolyn Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies
Captain Barnacle Black Ear, baddest of the Buccaneer Bunnies, is ashamed of his book-loving son, Henry, until the day a great storm approaches.
JE GREEN Greene, Rhonda Gowler This Is the Teacher
A cumulative rhyme about a teacher's day, from the time the students rush in and drop their lunches, spill the ant farm, and let loose a snake until they file out and head for home.
JE HOPKI Hopkinson, Deborah Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) across the Plains
A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.
JE LESTE Lester, Helen Hurty Feelings
It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.
JE MCKIS McKissack, Pat Precious and the Boo Hag
Home alone with a stomachache while the family works in the fields, a young girl faces up to the horrifying Boo Hag that her brother warned her about.
JE NEWMA Newman, Lesléa The Boy Who Cried Fabulous
A young boy's fascination with everything he sees around him causes him to be late and upsets his parents, until they come to realize his special gift.
JE ORLOF Orloff, Karen Kaufman I Wanna Iguana
Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet.
JE PALAT Palatini, Margie The Three Silly Billies
Three billy goats, unable to cross a bridge because they cannot pay the toll, form a car pool with the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack of beanstalk fame to get past the rude Troll.
JE REYNO Reynolds, Aaron Chicks and Salsa
Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine.
JE ROSOF Rosoff, Meg Meet Wild Boars
It is very hard to be friends with wild boars because they are dirty and smelly, bad-tempered, and rude.
JE SALLE Salley, Coleen Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail
Epossumondas's mother tells him a story about how his great-great-grandfather became the first possum to have a hairless tail.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J BALLE Balliett, Blue Chasing Vermeer
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
J COLFE Colfer, Eoin The Legend of Spud Murphy
When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.
J GIFF Giff, Patricia Reilly A House of Tailors
When thirteen-year-old Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, her only wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass and she survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his young wife and baby, she finds hersel
J HANNI Hannigan, Katherine Ida B:--and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
J PARK Park, Linda Sue Project Mulberry: A Novel
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean-American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more.
J RYAN Ryan, Pam Muñoz Becoming Naomi León
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.
J VANDE Vande Velde, Vivian Three Good Deeds
Caught stealing some goose eggs from a witch, Howard is cursed for his heartlessness and turned into a goose himself, and he can only become human again by performing three good deeds.
J608 SAINT St. George, Judith So You Want to Be an Inventor?
Presents some of the characteristics of inventors by describing the inventions of people such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Eli Whitney.
JB L5155Y Yoo, Paula Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
A biography of Korean American diving champion Sammy Lee, focusing on how his childhood determination and his father's dreams set the stage for a medical career as well as his athletic achievements which earned him Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952.--p
JB M638M Moss, Marissa Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen
In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J ANDER Anderson, M. T. Me, All Alone, At the End of the World
A boy enjoys living quietly by himself at The End of the World until Mr. Constantine Shimmer, "Professional Visionary", builds an inn and amusement park, demanding that tourists come and have "Fun Without End!"
J304.6 SMITH Smith, David J. If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World's People
This unusual picture book shrinks the world's population down to a village of 100 to help children better understand who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing and more.
J398.24 GOODA Goodall, Jane The Eagle and the Wren
When the birds have a contest to see which one can fly the highest, they all learn a valuable lesson about cooperation.
J811 LEWIS Lewis, J. Patrick Please Bury Me in the Library
A collection of humorous poems about books and reading, inspired by famous poets including Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and X. J. Kennedy.
J811 SCIES Scieszka, Jon Science Verse
When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.
JB AN243RY Ryan, Pam Muñoz When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.
JE BROWN Brown, Don The Good Lion
An account of the time in pilot Beryl Markham's childhood in Kenya when she was attacked by a lion that her neighbors kept as a pet.
JE HEST Hest, Amy Mr. George Baker
Harry sits on the porch with Mr. George Baker, an African American who is one hundred years old but can still dance and play the drums, waiting for the school bus that will take them both to the class where they are learning to read.
JE SIERR Sierra, Judy Wild About Books
A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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