Reading aloud to children (even years after they can read on their own) reaps so many benefits. It introduces new vocabulary in a fun way. It enforces the importance of not just hearing, but really listening. It helps build a stronger understanding between pictures and words. It forms a bond and builds camaraderie between all those involved. Reading aloud rocks.

Here are 15 books that TpT’ers just love reading aloud to their elementary students (we’re focusing on elementary for this post, but even teens love being read to!). See if any of these books are your favorites (i.e. “Hey, my kids love that one, too!”), plus find awesome inspiration for your own little learners.

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Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls! The plot is just so good, especially the ending — I love how it invokes the raw emotions of my students. I also like the rich vocabulary throughout.” – Emily LaFontaine

https://ecdn.teacherspayteachers.com/thumbuserhome/Grade-5-Greatness/4094814.jpg“I read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry to my 5th graders, and it has become known as THE BOOK. Older students will ask me in hushed tones with a twinkle in their eyes, ‘Have you read THE BOOK to your class yet?’ It has so many great places to stop reading for the day in order to build suspense until the next reading time. After reading, we write what we think should happen in a sequel — plus we act out a few of the scenes!” – Grade 5 Greatness

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater with my 3rd graders! I just love this book. How fun it is to think about flooding and freezing your basement and having it be taken over by penguins! (As a kid I had a full-blown plan of how to do this to my childhood home.) I also love that through this fun book I can tie in a bit of geography, talk about Newbery Medal books, and introduce to my students the concept that a movie really was a book first. It helps get them hooked on the book and is an open door to discussing other books that were turned into movies.” – the2teachers

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza is a perfect read-aloud! Hungry Mr. Fox thinks it’s his lucky day when a tasty-looking little piglet comes knocking on his door. In a flash, the fox has the piglet in a roasting pan ready for the oven. But wait! Whose lucky day is it? Who can resist a story where the underdog (or, in this case, the underpig) outsmarts the bad guy?” – Carla Hoff

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“Books take children on so many different journeys. My favorite book to read aloud is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This powerful book teaches children the importance of love, perseverance, empathy, and the possibility of miracles. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.” – Laurie Kraus

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“My favorite book to read to 2nd graders has got to be The Mercy Watson Collection by Kate DiCamillo. This beginning chapter-book series features a pig who loves hot buttered toast. My students always love these stories, and I love that they’re transitioning to a chapter-book series.” – Hello Mrs Sykes- Jen Sykes

“I love reading Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald! This is a great book for predication and character talk. It’s also funny and a great way to keep the kids involved during read-alouds.” – AMBER WILLIAMS

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“My favorite book to read to my students every year is The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin. It’s a wonderful book about dolls that come to life when the humans are away, and it’s captured the hearts of my students year after year without fail!” – The Lifetime Learner

“My absolute favorite is A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. It takes a loving and humorous look at how we all can cope with life turning out the way it does rather than the way we might have envisioned it.” – Rainbow City Learning

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“Eve Bunting’s Flower Garden. I love the fact that the little girl AND her dad prepare a flower box as a surprise for the little girl’s mother, but the whole neighborhood enjoys the flower box, too. The illustrations are out-of-this-world-gorgeous! Love, love, love!” – Evenings With Drake

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“‘The Canadian wilderness was white with snow. From Lake Superior northward, the evergreen trees wore hoods and coats of white. A heavy blanket of cloud hung low across the hills. There was no sound. Nothing moved. Even a thread of gray smoke stood up like a pole, keeping the sky from falling on a log cabin in the valley.’

Paddle-to-the-Sea, a 1942 Caldecott Honor Book, takes the reader on a journey through the Great Lakes. The author/illustrator, Holling Clancy Holling, pairs descriptive narrative with intricate line drawings and lovely watercolors. It’s a beautiful book with loads of learning opportunities. I recommend it for anyone who’s teaching figurative language or the Great Lakes.” – Brenda Kovich

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“My absolute favorite book to read to elementary students is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I just can’t say enough good things about this book. I find in schools today, there’s a lot of emphasis on teaching character education in our classrooms, and this book helps to do just that. I love the quote, ‘When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.’ You know a book is a winner when you have students asking you to continue reading even though it’s recess!” – Jane Feener

“I love reading A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. I love the rhyming words, the sense of adventure, the beautiful illustrations, the Maine setting, and the vintage car and camper. I like that the bear isn’t mean; he’s just hungry and doesn’t see well.” – Kamp Kindergarten

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. I read this story to my students at the beginning of every school year, and we bond over the emotions we feel the during the story. Oftentimes my students (3rd graders) haven’t experienced many books that make them feel so sad — and that creates a wonderful teaching moment that good books make us feel something, whether it is happiness, sadness, or humor.” – Creations by Kim Parker

Here are 15 books to read aloud to your elementary students. See if any of these are your favorites, and find inspiration for your own little learners.“My favorite read-aloud is Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. It was my hook into reading when I was a young, reluctant reader. I start the year telling my 3rd graders that my parents used to have to force me to read until I found Charlotte’s Web. The friendship theme between two unlikely friends is so strong and timeless.” – Carol Martinez

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