Read-aloud Recommendations for 6-to-8-year-olds


Read-alouds are one of the greatest treasures of childhood. It transports listeners through space and time, gets children interested in reading and good storytelling, and bonds families in a fun and memorable way that cannot be matched with the TV. First, I want to share one of my favorite poems. This is the kind of mother I’ve tried to be.

 “The Reading Mother” by Strickland Gillilan

I had a mother who read to me

Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea

Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth

‘Blackbirds’ stowed in the hold beneath

I had a mother who read me lays

Of ancient and gallant and golden days;

Stories of Marion and Ivanhoe,

Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a mother who read me tales

Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales

True to his trust till his tragic death,

Faithfulness blent with his final breath.

I had a mother who read me the things

That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-

Stories that stir with an upward touch,

Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be-

I had a mother who read to me.

In this series I will share my own read-aloud book lists. I purposely chose books to represent different parts of the world and different time periods. There are many other great books, just not enough time for them all! Here’s my recommendations for 6-to-8-year-olds.

The Random House Book of Bedtime Stories

Dr. Seuss books

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Because I Love You by Max Lucado

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Barton

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol

Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table:  A Math Adventure

by Cindy Newschwander

Benjamin Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank Murphy

How Much is a Million by David M. Schwartz

Mammoth Magic by Shelley Gill

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Sea of Tranquillity by Mark Haddon

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz

Selections from When We Were Very Young and Now We Are

Six by A.A. Milne

Going to School series

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margey Williams

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Aesop’s Fables


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