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Family Read-Alouds

Great read-aloud titles to share as a family. For additional suggestions, try our Classics list for 3rd to 8th grade.


Children’s Fiction (J)


Author Title Call Number
ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan
A gorilla in a circus-themed mall decides to rescue a baby elephant. (305 pp.)
J Applegate
BabbittJack Plank Tells Tales
A retired pirate shares his adventures as he tries to find a new job. (128 pp.)
J Babbitt
BirdsallThe Penderwicks
While on vacation, four sisters share adventures with a local boy. (262 pp.)
J Birdsall
BlumeTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter's two-year-old brother is an ever-increasing problem. (120 pp.)
J Blume
ClearyRamona the Pest
Ramona Quimby is thrilled to be starting kindergarten, but she just can't seem to stay out of trouble. (192 pp.)
J Cleary
ClementsFrindle
Fifth grader Nick invents a new word and begins a chain of events that moves beyond his control. (105 pp.)
J Clements
Cottrell BoyceChitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
After the Tootings install an engine in their camper van that once belonged to an extraordinary car, they are off on an adventure. (213 pp.)
J Cottrell Boyce
CurtisBud, Not Buddy
Bud escapes a foster home in search of his father during the 1930s. (245 pp.)
J Curtis
DahlMatilda
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil headmistress and help her nice teacher, Miss Honey. (240 pp.)
J Dahl
DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
Ten-year-old India describes all the good things that happen in her new town thanks to her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie. (182 pp.)
J DiCamillo
FitzgeraldThe Great Brain
The money-making exploits of the Great Brain are described by his most frequent victim, younger brother J.D. (175 pp.)
J Fitzgerald
HorvathThe Trolls
Eccentric Aunt Sally comes to babysit and every night adds another piece to a very suspect family history. (135 pp.)
J Horvath
JenkinsToys Go Out
Six stories relate the adventures of three toys who are best friends. (116 pp.)
J Jenkins
King-SmithBabe: The Gallant Pig
A piglet destined for butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success. (118 pp.)
J King-Smith
LawSavvy
Mibs Beaumont acquires her "savvy"--a power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. (342 pp.)
J Law
LinWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon
Minli buys a magical goldfish and joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon and save her village. (278 pp.)
J Lin
PalacioWonder
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, enters middle school after being homeschooled. (315 pp.)
J Palacio
PeckA Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. (148 pp.)
J Peck
SacharSideways Stories from Wayside School
Humorous episodes from a school that was built sideways. (124 pp.)
J Sachar
WhiteThe Trumpet of the Swan
A voiceless Trumpeter swan communicates using a stolen trumpet. (251 pp.)
J White

Junior High Fiction (Y)


Author Title Call Number
Barry and PearsonPeter and the Starcatchers
Orphaned Peter helps Molly, a young Starcatcher, guard a trunk of magical stardust in this prequel to Peter Pan. (451 pp.)
Y Barry
DowdThe London Eye Mystery
When their cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye Ferris wheel, siblings Ted and Kat must work together to solve the mystery. (322 pp.)
Y Dowd
DraperOut of My Mind
A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a device that allows her to speak for the first time. (295 pp.)
Y Draper
HiaasenHoot
Roy attempts to save a colony of owls from a construction site. (292 pp.)
Y Hiaasen
MillerMiss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
A fictional account of Annie Sullivan, teacher of Helen Keller. (208 pp.)
Y Miller
ParkA Single Shard
An orphan in medieval Korea longs to throw celadon ceramics. (152 pp.)
Y Park
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