Great books to read out loud

Reading aloud to children benefits all ages, enhancing their skills, and extending their knowledge and understanding. It allows kids to interrupt and ask questions about meaning and gives them access to new words, phrases and sounds, and to experience things beyond their own world…and it is fun for you too!

We’ve made a list of just a few to get going with, but we’d love to know which books you enjoy reading aloud with your children, so we can share that with other parents too!

Some great new-ish, fun picture books (that you will enjoy too!)

no picsThe Book With No Pictures by B J Novak …Tremendously silly ‘picture’ book that relies on the text being read aloud rather than use of illustrations to create a funny story…we love this and any children we have tried this out on have loved it too!

The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams. What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! Incredibly funny – must read!

The First Hippo on the Moon: based on a true story by David Walliams. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .BLAST OFF!

weeI Need a Wee by Sue Hendra – Alan the bear has a problem. He needs a wee! Will he make it to the loo on time? Very enjoyable, funny story. Good either as a leisure read or as a situation book

Max at Night by Ed Vere – Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can’t find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that’s not as easy as Max had hoped. A great bedtime book or sharing read.

The Bath Monster by Colin Boyd – Have you ever wondered where your dirty bath water goes? The Bath Monster slurps it up, of course! Beautifully illustrated and fun!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! What is Duncan to do?

hendraSupertato by Sue Hendra. Meet Supertato! He’s always there for you when the chips are down. He’s the superhero with eyes everywhere – and he’s about to meet his arch nemesis.

The Huey’s in The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers. The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same. They all look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper…A hilarious story about individuality.

Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman. “There was tiger poo, lion poo, prickly porcupine poo, Plummeting giraffe poop that landed with a splat. Dollops of gnu poo, bouncy kangaroo poo, A trail of drippy droppings from a fat wombat!” Zoo Keeper Bob is exhausted. There’s too much poo in the zoo…laugh out loud funny…

daddys sandwichDaddy’s Sandwich by Pip Jones. Daddy, would you like a sandwich, with all your favourite things…? Join one little girl on her quest to make her father the perfect sandwich, whether he likes it or not…

Use your imagination by Nicola O’Byrne. Rabbit is BORED. What shall he do? Luckily, Wolf has the perfect solution. “Why not write a story?” he suggests. “I am a librarian, you know.” so Wolf teaches Rabbit to use his imagination to create the perfect story What a kind and helpful wolf!….

….and a few for older readers…

revoltingRoald Dahl Revolting Rhymes – lots of opportunity for silly voices – gruesome humour!

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon – tales of a very naughty boy, his maddeningly good little brother Perfect Peter, and Moody Margaret, all show him wreaking havoc – really funny!

Mrs Pepperpot Stories by Alf Proysen. An old lady who shrinks to the size of a pepperpot and has adventures! Each story is an adventure and full of surprises.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. Kids love these school stories about the endearingly hopeless witch Mildred Hubble.

mabelThe unlikely adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt. (Interest level age 7-12) Well written action, expressive illustrations & appealing characters with a touch of humour make an entertaining read. When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits ‘The Deed’ she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to a pirate ship for the adventure of a lifetime

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. (Interest level 9-13)
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret – a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever. …Great adventure to catch the imagination of even reluctant listeners.

gothGoth Girl by Chris Riddell: (Interest level 9-12) Excellent for children who like a quirky sense of humour  and oddball characters. Fun for adults too!

Not sure where to find books to share, or what to read next ?

You can use the Book Trust Bookfinder to look for books, browse an archive of interviews with authors or just see what’s out this month. Booktrust recommend books for people of all ages, from babies to adults and offer you three categories – children’s,teenage and adults – so that you can quickly find what’s of most interest to you. There are also heaps of themed booklists and helpful guides to new ‘best book’ publications check out.
The Ultimate Book Guides list hundreds of great books covering a wide range of tastes.

For ‘best books published’ guidance check out the Guardian Best Children’s books ever (find it on The guardian website)…of course this is highly subjective!…The Guardian Top 10s lists are also fun, with everything from top 10 animal friendship stories, to top 10 toxic friendships!

Although Lovereading4kids is a commercial site, it is still packed with lots of ideas, like-for-like recommendations, and downloadable book extracts.

You can reserve items online from our catalogue to be sent to any Swindon library for free. We also have a selection of e-books and audiobooks to download, as well as e-magazines and 24 Hour online access to reliable homework resources!