Teacher Recommended Read Aloud Books

We all want our kids to become great readers.  A fantastic way to help them achieve this is to read aloud to them.  Reading to your children improves their comprehension, models fluent reading for them, and is a great way to spend quality time together.

Here are some books that Within Reach Learning Center thinks are excellent to read with your kiddos (recommended for grades 3-6).  You can check out the complete list at minds-in-bloom.com

Holes by Louis Sachar – Stanley Yelnat’s family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Center. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.

Boys and girls are sure to love this book!  It is serious and funny at the same time.  Plus, it was adapted into a movie so you can explore both and compare/contrast them with your child!







Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell – Emmy was a good girl.  At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days.  She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .

Hilarious, inventive, and irresistibly rodent-friendly, kiddos are sure to love this one.  There are a few other books in the series as well so they can read more if they like this one!







Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud – (Picture Book)  Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

This is a great read aloud book because it lends itself to a great discussion of kindness!







Within Reach Learning Center hopes that you find these book recommendations helpful and that this inspires you to read with you child.  We would love to hear from you… what books do you like to read with your child?








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