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Top 5 Preschool Class Read-alouds

by Dawn S | Apr 05, 2018
When I need a story book to read to a group of preschoolers, only certain ones will do. It has to have an engaging story, big bold pictures, and it helps if it's funny. I don't want the kids to just sit like little lumps listening, I want them to participate.

What books hit all these marks and make me smile EVERY time I read them? Here are my top 5 favorites to share with preschool groups.

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The Wide-Mouthed Frog
by Keith Faulkner

I love this one with big pop-up elements and bright colors. The simple, traditional tale, tells about a frog and the animals he meets as he hops along. The last page is the best and I often go back and reread the end so the kids can all say "splash" along with me.



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Go Away Big Green Monster!
by Ed Emberley

Every time I read this to preschoolers there's a little bit of magic that happens in their eyes. The die cut pages introduce them to the big green monster one facial feature at a time. And then the fun begins as we tell each part of this goofy guy to "Go Away!" It's exciting even after several reads - the true hallmark of a great read aloud.

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Edward the Emu
by Sheena Knowles

Because the zoo is one of their favorite places, preschoolers love this story about an emu who wants some excitement. The pictures
hysterically show Edward acting like a lion and a snake, just to see if life is better on the other side of the fence. For a little audience participation I like to have the kids roar and hiss and do the other animal sounds together.
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Mouse Paint
by Ellen Stoll Walsh

In a perfect world, this book would be a little bigger to share with a group, but the pictures are simple and the story about mice playing in paint is just right for preschoolers. It's fun to have kids yell out the color names and think about color mixing by guessing the next color the mice discover.

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Little Owl Lost
by Chris Haughton

I think preschoolers sympathize with this little lost owl and his big startled eyes. They also roll with laughter when squirrel's help isn't all that helpful.


Having finished my list, I can think of at least 5 more titles that are good and maybe several others that are great. This business of picking favorite books is especially hard for librarians. If you'd like more suggestions, just ask your local librarian for their top 5 (or 30) preschool class read-alouds. Or add yours to the comments below!

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  1. Dawn S | Apr 11, 2018
    Yes! And we're excited to have Bruce the Bear coming for visits at our libraries this summer!!
  2. Mary Houser | Apr 10, 2018
    love Mother Bruce story and illustrations.

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