Classroom Read-Alouds

These fun books are perfect for Mystery Readers, teachers, or anyone else reading aloud to a group of elementary school-aged kids. Also check out our Fractured Fairy Tales list. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
AbbottWho's on First?
This retelling of the classic comedy routine features a bear and a rabbit trying to determine the player covering each base. Especially fun for two readers!
JE Abbott
AverbeckThe Market Bowl
Yoyo has to make amends when she offends the Great Spirit of the Market by asking too high a price for her bitterleaf stew.
JE Averbeck
BarnettChloe and the Lion
Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book.
JE Barnett
DaviesDon't Spill the Milk!
Penda gets a surprise when she arrives at her destination after a long journey to deliver her father's lunch.
JE Davies
DaywaltThe Day the Crayons Quit
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
JE Daywalt
DormerThe Obstinate Pen
Uncle Flood is very pleased with his new pen until he tries to write with it and finds that it writes only what it wants to.
JE Dormer
EmmettThe Princess and the Pig
When a new baby princess accidentally changes places with a piglet, both of their lives are forever changed.
JE Emmett
HarleyLost and Found
Justin loses the hat his grandmother made for him and must talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old custodian in charge of the Lost and Found.
JE Harley
JahanforuzThe Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran
After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister suffers a less pleasant fate.
JE Jahanforuz
When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.
JE Jeffers
KatzDon't Say That Word!
Michael's rhyming description of his day at school has his mother repeatedly interrupting to prevent him from saying impolite words.
JE Katz
KnudsenBig Mean Mike
Mike is the toughest dog in the neighborhood until tiny, fuzzy bunnies show up in his car, threatening his reputation.
JE Knudsen
McDonnellThe Monsters' Monster
Three monsters argue over who is the "biggest and baddest" until they build a monster together that turns out to be very different than what they expect.
JE McDonnell
O'MalleyOnce Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess while her boy partner wants to write about a muscular biker.
JE O'Malley
Offill11 Experiments That Failed
A young scientist tries a series of wacky experiments and then must suffer the consequences when her experiments go awry.
JE Offill
A lion, a great white shark, and a timber wolf form a support group for carnivores.
JE Reynolds
Shares illustrated clues and alphanumeric combinations that substitute numbers for letters with the same sound.
JE Rosenthal
ScillianMemoirs of a Goldfish
A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl.
JE Scillian
Van DusenIf I Built a House
Jack describes the kind of house he would build--one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide.
JE Van Dusen
YankovicMy New Teacher and Me
On the first day of school, the imaginative and energetic Billy clashes with a somber new teacher who will not believe his fanciful tales.
JE Yankovic

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
CoyHoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
How James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891 using a soccer ball and a couple of old peach baskets.
J796.323 CO
LevineForgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems
A collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.
J811 LE
ShepardMaster Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria
A boastful strong man learns a lesson when he encounters one of Nigeria's superheroes in this Hausa tale which explains the origin of thunder.
J398.2AF Shepard
SingerMirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.
J811 SI
TavaresBecoming Babe Ruth
At St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, George Herman Ruth evolves as a player and as a man, eventually becoming the Babe.
J921 Ruth
WilleyClever Beatrice
A small but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold.
J398.2 NO Beatrice

Last Updated: 7/17


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