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Read-Alouds for Grades 3-5

Picture books, short stories, folktales, and nonfiction good for classroom sharing. Most can be read in a single 15-30 minute session. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Baillie Rebel
Brisson The Summer My Father Was Ten
Miller Richard Wright and the Library Card
Pennypacker Pierre in Love
Shulman Mom and Dad Are Palindromes
Stanley Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter
Trivizas The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Vaes The Princess and the Pea
Van Allsburg Two Bad Ants

Children’s Fiction (J)

Anderson Me, All Alone, at the End of the World
Avi Tom, Babette & Simon: Three Tales of Transformation
Blake Togo
Byars The SOS File
Dahl The Roald Dahl Treasury
Fleischman A Carnival of Animals
Funny Funny You Should Ask: The Delacorte Book of Original Humorous Short Stories
Gaiman The Wolves in the Walls
Hearne Who's in the Hall? A Mystery in Four Chapters
Heide The Shrinking of Treehorn
Hughes The Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights
King-Smith Animal Stories
Konigsburg Altogether, One at a Time
Mahy The Girl with the Green Ear: Stories About Magic in Nature
Newbery A Newbery Zoo: A Dozen Animal Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors
Polacco The Graves Family
Reid Banks The Magic Hare
Sachar Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Scieszka Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Tales
Selznick The Houdini Box
Sorel Johnny on the Spot
Thompson Wild Stories
Thurber Many Moons
Travers The Elephant Truck
Wiles Freedom Summer
Yin Coolies

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

J292 KI The McElderry Book of Greek Myths
J398.2 Hamilton The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
J398.2 Mayo Magical Tales from Many Lands
J398.2 McCaughrean Starry Tales
J398.2 San Souci Young Arthur
J398.2 Shannon Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World    (Also More Stories to Solve and Still More Stories to Solve)
J599.63 HA Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
J636.088 HO The House of a Million Pets
J636.088 MA Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories
J639.9 GE The Tarantula in My Purse: And 172 Other Wild Pets
J811 DA If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School
J821 DA Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
J921 Ederle America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
J921 Einstein Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein
J921 Jordan Jump! From the Life of Michael Jordan
JE700.92 Uncle Andy's
JE791.3 GE The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
JE796.72 DO The Great Horse-less Carriage Race

Last Updated: 12/09

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