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Family Read Aloud Collection

The Family Read Aloud Collection are books that parents and teachers can share with older children. Reading aloud as little as ten minutes a day stimulates children's imagination, lengthens their attention span, and enhances their language skills. Share reading with a child, and you will begin a lifelong love of books and reading.

Click on the links below to find out if these books are available at your local County Library. If not, place them on hold, and they'll be delivered to your Library where you can pick them up.

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook has just lost her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and their business alive. Listening level: Grades 6+
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by Philip Ardagh
This agreeably silly book begins with young Fergal McNally plunging to his death from a hotel window. It’s a bit different but definitely funny and even Fergal’s death may not be permanent – but I can’t say more. Listening Level: Grades 3+
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by Blue Balliett
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. Listening Level: Grades 4+
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by Bonny Becker
The students in Ms Plum's third grade class soon learn that there is something very special about their teacher and her classroom's mysterious supply closet. Grades 2-5
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by Jeanne Birdsall
Four sisters, their father, and dog are off to spend the summer in a rented cottage. They have great adventures with the young boy who lives in the nearby mansion. Listening Level: Grades 3-8
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by Joy Cowley
Relates the story of the summer Josh spends while his mother is in the hospital awaiting the birth of his baby sister, and his pet chicken Semolina, who talks but only to him, is almost killed by a red fox. Grades 3-5
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by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. Listening Level: Grades 2-5
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by Kate Dicamillo
The adventures of a mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Listening level: Grades 2+
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by Sharon Draper
Melody has cerebral palsy, and people can’t get past her uncontrollable body to see her brilliant mind. Grades 4-6
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by Sid Fleischman
Edmund Amos Peters is a cabin boy on a pirate ship and finds himself in San Diego as war breaks out between the United States and Mexico. (Series) Listening Level: Grades 3+
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by Neil Gaiman
Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar yet different from her own. There she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself and her parents. Listening Level: Grades 4-8
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by Jack Gantos
Joey has trouble paying attention and controlling his mood swings. When his prescription meds wear off, he starts getting worked up, acts out, and causes an unfortunate accident. Listening Level: Grades 1+
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by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford
It’s the last day before 4th grade starts, and Moxy Maxwell still hasn’t read her summer reading assignment. If she doesn’t read it immediately, there will be consequences! Listening Level: Grades 1-4
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by Shannon Hale
Fourteen-year-old Miri lives with her family in a village on Mount Eskel. Word comes that the small village is the home of the future princess, and every teenage girl must attend the Princess Academy. Listening Level: Grades 3-8
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by Katherine Hannigan
Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny. Grades 1-3
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by Katherine Hannigan
Fourth-grader Ida B. spends her hours being home-schooled until her mother begins treatment for cancer and her parents must send her to public school. Listening Level: Grades 3-5
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by Michael Hoeye
Hermux Tantamoq fixes watches by day and spends quiet evenings at home. But his life is forever changed by the appearance of daredevil Linka Perflinger. Listening level: Grades 3+
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by Emily Jenkins
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends who happen to be toys. Listening level: Grades 2-5
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by Watt Key
Ten-year-old Moon’s father is a survivalist who raises Moon to be self-sufficient. When his father dies, Moon lives off the land until he is discovered and sent off to an orphanage. Listening level: Grades 5-8
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by Gordon Korman
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play, but the teacher is unaware that Wallace has suggested changes to the play. Listening Level: Grades 4+
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by Ingrid Law
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy" – a magical power unique to each member of her family – just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. Grades 5-8
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by Grace Lin
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon that cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River. Grades 3-6
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by Lenore Look
Ruby Lu’s life gets exciting when Ruby’s cousin, Flying Duck, arrives from China with her parents. Not only does Ruby’s family start speaking Chinese, but Flying Duck is deaf and Ruby has to learn Chinese Sign Language! Listening level: Grades 1-5
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by Geraldine McCaughrean
Pepper leaves his unhappy home to become a ship captain, a would-be Cupid, a journalist, and a legionnaire. Grades 6 and Up
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by Pat C. McKissack
A collection of tales based on early 20th century African American oral history that combines humor, legend, and horror. Listening Level: Grades 5+
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by Phyllis Naylor
Emily is recently orphaned, and must run through the Wild West to save herself from the unscrupulous Uncle Victor. Grades 3-6
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by Leslea Newman
Professor Ueno's loyal dog, Hachiko, waits for him at the train station every afternoon and remains loyal to his master for the rest of his days. Listening Level: Grages 3+
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by Gary Paulsen
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business. Listening Level: Grades 4+
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by Richard Peck
A boy in Illinois remembers his two heroes from World War II – his brother and father. Listening Level: Grades 5+
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by Sara Pennypacker
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. Listening Level: Grades 2-5
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by Margi Preus
Based upon the true story of Nakahama Manjiro, a Japanese fisherman rescued by an American whaler. Grades 4-8
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by Philip Pullman
The Scarecrow and young Jack join forces to defeat the evil people who have set up a poison factory. A fairy tale full of humor, interesting characters, and a happy ending. Listening level: Grades 3-6
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by Pam Muñoz Ryan
An unpopular fifth grader, Naomi spends lots of time in the library with the other outcasts. When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico in search of her father. Listening level: Grades 3-6
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by Pam Muñoz Ryan
After her wealthy father dies, thirteen-year-old Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their privileged life in Mexico to work in the labor camps of Southern California where they must learn to adapt. Listening Level: Grades 3+
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by Louis Sachar
A miscarriage of justice sends Stanley Yelnats to a boys' juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. While digging holes in the ground, Stanley finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Listening Level: Grades 4-8
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by Laura Schlitz
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently. Grades 2-6
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by Trenton Lee Stewart
Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities? Four orphans answer this newspaper ad and become members of the Mysterious Benedict Society. Listening Level: Grades 3-6
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by Debbie Wiles
When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own. Listening Level: Grades 4-7
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by Robert Weston
Adventurous Katrina escapes her guardian to help Morty, a member of a vanishing breed of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fabled zorgles of Zorgmazoo as well as other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the earth. A novel in verse. Grades 4-7