12 Books to Read Aloud in Early Elementary

I am definitely a person that loves to plan, and also needs to plan.  I find that if I don’t gather the materials ahead of time that we need then things just don’t get done…even read-alouds.  We all know how important it is to read aloud to children and I have chosen 12 classic selections that I hope my son and daughter both enjoy.   **Updated with our thoughts on the books that we read/attempted to read**

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne Uncle Wiggly's Story Book by Howard GarisThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White Thomas the Tank Engine by Wilbert Awdry Socks by Beverly Cleary The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi Paddington by Michael Bond The Mouse and the Motorcyle by Beverly Cleary The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Capyboppy by Bill Peet Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris


Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne – we read it and now my dd reads it for fun…it was much better than I thought it would be

Uncle Wiggly’s Storybook by Howard Garis – I tried reading this, but I have a hard time getting past the first few stories.  I’m not quite sure why I have such problems with this book, but I’m looking to check out an audio version from our library.

Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi – enjoyed it, and the original is so very different from the Disney version

The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris – also a difficult read for us

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond – did not interest my daughter, but I think we will try it again soon

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting – we read it….dd loved it, but it wasn’t my favorite

Capyboppy by Bill Peet – enjoyed it

Thomas the Tank Engine – the treasury edition is 400 pages long, my children didn’t tire of it, but I did

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – read and enjoyed

Socks by Beverly Cleary – we didn’t finish it as neither of us was really enjoying it

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – read and enjoyed

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White- read and enjoyed

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