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We asked our grkids.com readers to tell us what books they like to read out loud to their kids and they were happy to tell us… some of my favorites (this is Michelle) even made the list!

The five most recommended read-aloud books are listed below, along with comments from parents (though we agree with one commenter who said, “in our house, really any book works….”

If your favorite didn’t make the list, be sure to get in on the conversation next time we post a question on Facebook OR add yours to the list by commenting below!


Jr Bill Martin (Author), John Archambault (Author), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
PARENTS SAY: I love the rhythmic almost song like way it can be read. I also like that even toddlers can help to read it!


“If I Ran a Zoo” was mentioned in particular and I also love “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Dr. Seuss (Author)
PARENTS SAY: “If I Ran the Zoo”… that’s a great tongue-twister for moms. I love reading any of the Dr. Suess books


(my favorite is “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!”)
Mo Willems (Author, Illustrator)
PARENTS SAY: Very cute and fun to read


Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author), L. Kate Deal (Illustrator)
PARENTS SAY: We read Box Car Children every night, one chapter a night. Just a fun variation from what they have to read at school!


Berkeley Breathed (Author)
PARENTS SAY: It rhymes. It’s funny and it strikes a chord with my son (4) and daughter (7).



The book images are courtesy of Amazon.com but we’d encourage you to buy local and shop for these books and many more at Pooh’s Corner.

By | 2017-05-12T14:46:33+00:00 June 18th, 2012|Categories: General|2 Comments

About the Author:

Michelle B

Michelle is full-time working mom with two boys who keep her on her toes when she’s not in the office. Her third child is her personal blog, ememby.com, where she writes about life, pop culture and her love of food.

Michelle came to Grand Rapids for college and aside from a brief stint in Chicago, has lived here ever since. She loves everything GR has to offer and feels blessed to be raising her kids here with her fish-out-of-water Australian-born husband.


  1. Camille Zoet Deboer via Facebook June 18, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    If you need a good place to either start or expand your library, use the EB White award as a guide. Awarded by booksellers without publisher or corporate interference, these books are chosen specifically for how enjoyable they are to read aloud. Take the past winners list to your local library or bookseller and dig in!

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