Today is World Read Aloud Day, a day set aside to bring "global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories."
If you ask me, reading aloud is one of the best things ever thought of. What better way to share stories with the people around you than to read them aloud?
I believe the best stories to read aloud are those that take the greatest advantage of all the fun and interesting things that language has to offer. Stories with interesting vocabulary, unique voice, onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme, and word play. These are all elements of some of my favorite read-aloud stories, whether they are picture books or novels.
I hope my list gives you a few new books to love to read!
Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson (rhythm, rhyme, word play)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by Jon Scieska (voice)
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, by Doreen Cronin (onomatopoeia)
Little Red Gliding Hood, by Tara Lazar (word play)
The Three Ninja Pigs, by Corey Rosen Schwartz (rhythm, rhyme, word play, vocabulary)
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds (word play, vocabulary, alliteration)
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (voice)
Hooray for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester (alliteration)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (word play, vocabulary)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (voice, vocabulary)
The Sound of Life and Everything by Krista Van Dolzer (voice)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (voice, vocabulary)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (voice)
What are some of your favorite books to read aloud?