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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
J500 DOTLI Dotlich, Rebecca Kai What is Science?
Through simple words and child-friendly illustrations, this poetic picture book introduces young children to the exciting and ever-changing world of science.
J591.734 BERKE Berkes, Marianne Over in the Jungle
A counting and singing approach for young children to learn and appreciate the animals of the tropical rainforest.
JE GRAVE Gravett, Emily Wolves
When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he wanted to know.
JE LAKIN Lakin, Patricia Clarence the Copy Cat
Clarence, a cat who does not want to hurt mice or any other creatures, does not feel welcome anywhere until he discovers the Barnstable Library.
JE LAREA LaReau, Kara Ugly Fish
At first Ugly Fish likes being alone in his tank so much that he eats any fish that tries to share it, but when he becomes lonely, he devises a better plan.
JE RUSCH Rusch, Elizabeth A Day with No Crayons
A little girl discovers all sorts of artistic possibilities when she has to go a day without crayons.
JE SCHAC Schachner, Judy Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.
JE SCHAE Schaefer, Lola M. Frankie Stein
Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein love their son very much, but despite their best efforts and his, it seems he will never look or act as scary as a Stein should.
JE STEVE Stevens, Janet Help Me, Mr. Mutt!
Dogs across the United States write to Mr. Mutt, a people expert, for help with their humans.
JE WHEEL Wheeler, Lisa Dino-Hockey
The meat-eating dinosaurs challenge the plant-eating dinosaurs to a hockey match.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J FLEMI Fleming, Candace The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
An unlikely teacher takes over the disorderly fourth-grade class of Aesop Elementary School with surprising results.
J HADDI Haddix, Margaret Peterson Dexter the Tough
A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day.
J KELLY Kelly, Katy Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe
Now in fourth grade, palindrome-enthusiast Lucy Rose learns about the perils of eavesdropping while also confiding in her diary her worries that her recently divorced mother is beginning to date.
J MACLA MacLachlan, Patricia Edward's Eyes
Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each other, and when he unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful eyes go to a perfect recipient.
J MAZER Mazer, Harry A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor
While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona.
J WEEKS Weeks, Sarah Oggie Cooder
Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder goes from being shunned to everyone's best friend when his uncanny ability to chew slices of cheese into the shapes of states wins him a slot on a popular television talent show...
J597.89 BISHO Bishop, Nic Frogs
Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and more.
J599.773 GEORG George, Jean Craighead The Wolves are Back
For over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem.
J973.0496 HOPKI Hopkinson, Deborah Sweet Land of Liberty
The story of Marian Anderson's Easter Sunday concert in 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
JB H85V Fitzgerald, Dawn Vinnie and Abraham
The true story of Vinnie Ream's courage and persistence in the service of art, and in the service of a friend.-- Dust jacket, front flap.


NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J811 PRELU Prelutsky, Jack My Dog May Be a Genius
Have you ever encountered an underwater marching band, a pig in a bathing suit, a pet orangutan, or a witch in a hardware store...?
JE BAUER Bauer, Marion Dane A Mama for Owen
When the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami separates a young African hippopotamus from his mother, he finds a new snuggle partner in Mzee the giant tortoise. Based on a true story.
JE MORRI Morris, Carla The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything--including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.
JE PALAT Palatini, Margie The Cheese
After they all agree to ignore the story of "The Farmer in the Dell," the rat, cat, dog, child, farmer, and his wife have a party featuring the tempting hunk of cheese.
JE PINKN Pinkney, Jerry Little Red Riding Hood
A sweet little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother.
JE RUMFO Rumford, James Silent Music
As bombs and missiles fall on Baghdad in 2003, a young boy uses the art of calligraphy to distance himself from the horror of war.
JE SIERR Sierra, Judy Born to Read
A little boy named Sam discovers the many unexpected ways in which a love of reading can come in handy, and sometimes even save the day.

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