On the Hunt for New Read-Alouds

Summer is the perfect time for teachers to shop for books!
One of my summer goals is to find new books to share with my class.

I want my students to hear quality children's literature every single day next year!
This year, I especially want to find some new chapter books for my kiddos.

I cleaned out my children's books this year.
I had too many to count.
I decided it was time to simplify and find out exactly what I had.
I want to share only "The Best of the Best" with my kiddos.
Yes, I am a nerd. 

Here is a list of some of the chapter books I read this year.

My 2013-2014 Read-Alouds

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
We read the entire 6 book series about this lovable pet pig.
Mercy just makes me smile, and firsties love her!! 

Chris Van Dusen's illustrations are incredible!
You can also find Mercy's stories on Tumblebooks-great for rainy day recess!

Lulu & the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
This was new for me.
The story of a spoiled little girl who wants a dinosaur for her birthday.
The kiddos and I both loved it! A keeper!

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
Lulu is trying to raise money and takes a job walking dogs.
I'll read this one again, too, but later in the year.
The humor will be easier to grasp in spring.

There is a third book in this series I'll read this year, too: Lulu's Mysterious Mission.

The Littles by John Peterson
I love this story about a family of little people who live in the walls of a house.
Kids love this one, too!
I read the first one in this series book.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A favorite from my childhood.
The kiddos adored this one.
It may have been their favorite read-aloud this year!
Great for late spring!

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
I still hear so many great things about this book.
The kiddos liked it, but honestly, it wasn't my favorite.
I'll give it another go this year, though.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
One of the characters stays looped on "ale."
Had to read around that.
Will skip this one next year and try a few other Dahl books instead.

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Her grammar is atrocious!
If that bothers you, you'll want to skip.
Kids love her, though! 

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
Harry is quite funny and a little horrible, but he's fun.

Not the best read-aloud ever, but perfect for introducing kiddos
to beginning chapter books they can read independently.

So, on the hunt I go for new chapter book read-alouds!
I have a stack of about a dozen chapter books to read over the summer.
Stories about Gooney Bird and Clementine and Andrew.
Stories about Chickens and Dragons and Toads.

Stories about friends who are complete opposites.
 Goodness, I love Children's Lit!!

When Deanna Jump said she was hosting a Book Talk Tuesday each week this summer,
I thought what a perfect time to share my book finds with friends! 

Check back Tuesday to read about one of my new favorites!


  1. This is exactly what I was doing last week, trying to find new chapter read alouds for my firsties. Can't wait to see the list! The ones listed above are definitely going on my list! I just finished Ivy + Bean and the kids really liked it. Even the boys.

    1. Hi, Amy! Ivy and Bean is on my list of summer reading! Thanks for the suggestion! Let me know if you find some other great ones! Happy Sunday!

    2. I am also on the hunt for new picture books for my kindergarten babies...

  2. The kids really enjoy Dinosaurs Before Dark also.

    1. I always forget about the Treehouse books! Thanks for adding!!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I love finding new read-alouds!

    Down the Learning Road

    1. Hi, Linda! You are so welcome! I have a huge stack of books to read this summer! Thankfully, they are quick reads! I'm excited to share what I find!
      Happy Weekend!

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  6. This was my 2nd year in first and this year I wanted to bump up the level of my read alouds. I read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo...it has always been a favorite. I wasn't sure how firsties would do with it....they LOVED it and fell in love with the characters. I also read Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin....they also loved those. My intern read The Wizard of Oz, they really hung in well but I don't think I will read that one again. I am going to check some of the others on this list too...love children's lit as well.

  7. I've nearly finished Roald Dahl's BFG with my class. I think the Mercy Watson books would be great for our next read aloud :)


  8. I love Judith Viorst! I'll have to check out the Lulu books.
    The Meek Moose

  9. These are great suggestions! My must read to my first graders is Charlotte's Web.