February 24 is World Read Aloud Day. To celebrate, we’ve selected our five favorite books to read aloud with kids – tomorrow and all year long.
You’ll find silly books with vivid illustrations, beautiful poems in English and Spanish and a nonfiction book about animals. To share with older readers, we’ve chosen a story about our favorite imaginary cat and a novel about Chinese folklore.
Plus, you can see how some of our book experts read them. Click on the videos under each title for a sneak preview!
Shhh! We Have a Plan! by Chris Haughton.
This adorable book makes for wonderfully dramatic read-alouds. Kids will relish the suspense!
Flutter and Hum (Aleteo y Zumbido) by Julie Paschkis
Lush illustrations and luminous poems about animals appear in both English and Spanish on the pages of this stunning read-aloud. Kids will love hunting for the words that twine their way through the gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
Hippos Are Huge by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Kids adore the oversized illustrations and fascinating facts that fill the pages of this awesome nonfiction read-aloud. Bold-faced keywords call attention to great moments to emphasize as you read this book aloud.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Perfect for families or classrooms to read together, this light-hearted novel features a boy and the large imaginary cat who reappears when his family faces the risk of becoming homeless. It’s warm and wonderful.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
A terrific read-aloud for kids of all ages, this novel inspired by Chinese folklore offers a rich adventure starring a resourceful girl and a friendly dragon. Pure magic!