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How to Choose a Book to Read Aloud to Your Elementary Students in 2022

There are so many books available at our fingertips now more than ever. With the help of Amazon, Barnes and Noble, small bookstores, and local libraries, thousands of children’s books are a click or just a short drive away. There are so many books to choose from that it can be overwhelming to figure out which books are best for using as read alouds. Read below to learn what read aloud books are, why they are important, and what to look for when picking them out. You’ll have what you need to know how to choose a book to read aloud to your elementary students!

What are read aloud books?

Read aloud books are important tools for teachers and a true gift to children. The provide opportunities for teachers to model reading fluency and expression, thinking strategies, reading strategies, a love of reading, and more. They can be picture books or chapter books. They can be fiction or nonfiction.

Are you not sure how to pick a good read aloud book? Check out this blog post that offers easy tips for selecting a children’s book that is exactly what you need for a specific lesson or grade. Be sure to grab the freebie while you are there that includes seasonal book lists for read alouds. #readaloud #booklist #reading

What are the benefits of reading books aloud to children?

Read aloud books help build and develop the following in young learners:

  • reading fluency and expression
  • a love of reading and learning
  • an interest in books
  • understanding that written words carry meaning
  • book handling skills
  • rich vocabulary above their independent reading ability
  • auditory processing skills
  • reading comprehension skills
  • good thinking strategies
  • problem solving strategies
  • critical thinking skills
  • higher level thinking skills
  • a sense of community in the classroom
  • exposure to a variety of genres
  • curiosity and inquiry
Are you not sure how to pick a good read aloud book? Check out this blog post that offers easy tips for selecting a children’s book that is exactly what you need for a specific lesson or grade. Be sure to grab the freebie while you are there that includes seasonal book lists for read alouds. #readaloud #booklist #reading

How do I pick a good read aloud book?

Components to look for when picking out texts to use as read alouds:

  • Lends itself to a specific reading comprehension strategy (e.g. visualizing, questioning, inferring, etc)
  • Interesting yet predictable plot (e.g. suspense, adventure, and humor)
  • Use of dialogue
  • Diverse characters students can see themselves in and can learn from
  • Relevant to your student population (e.g. culture and student interests)
  • Striking illustrations or photographs
  • Relatable or captivating characters
  • Characters of a similar age to your students that have the same fears and interests
  • Age-appropriate for your students
  • Rich word choice or challenging vocabulary that is accessible
  • Variety of genres and formats (e.g. autobiography, poem, and newspaper article)

Best Read Aloud Books for Elementary Teachers

The information above gave you guidance on how to choose a good read aloud book. The lists below share some of my favorite picture books that take all of the guess work out of it. Many of the books on the list are part of my Starts With a Story collection.

August Read Alouds

September Read Alouds

October Read Alouds

November Read Alouds

December Read Alouds

January Read Alouds

February Read Alouds

March Read Alouds

April Read Alouds

May Read Alouds

June Read Alouds

July Read Alouds

Are you not sure how to pick a good read aloud book? Check out this blog post that offers easy tips for selecting a children’s book that is exactly what you need for a specific lesson or grade. Be sure to grab the freebie while you are there that includes seasonal book lists for read alouds. #readaloud #booklist #reading

Free Reading Activities and Book Lists

We hope you found this information about how to choose a book to read aloud to your students helpful. This free reading resource includes the following:

  • a list of seasonal picture books for each month of the year
  • blank book lists for you to record your own titles
  • printable reading logs for your students
  • print and go monthly reading challenge charts
free monthly reading logs

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