Picture books to be read Aloud


By Maxine Ramsay

It’s always great fun reading to children and to see the reaction on their faces as they discover the story unfolding in front of them. Here are a few of my favourite picture book titles to read aloud.

The blue balloon by Mick Inkpen

A lovely story about a birthday party, and a very special balloon. This story also features one of my all time favourite picture book characters, Kipper the dog. Mick Inkpen’s illustrations are fun and surprising, especially the fold-out pages. The language is easy to read aloud and includes some lovely some great imagery.

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles

A rhyming story that provides a great rhythm and flow when read aloud. The illustrations, by Rod Clement, help to introduce the audience to a great range of zoo animals at close range. A repeating refrain throughout the book makes this popular with a young audience as they can read along with you.

Come on Daisy by Jane Simmons

This story about Daisy the little duckling, and her mother, is supported by Jane Simmons’ delightful illustrations. A lovely story for younger children.

Just another ordinary day by Rod Clement

This very humorous book is good for a slightly older audience with detailed illustrations reinforcing the fun and unexpected nature of this story. I love the play on words and the amazing characters throughout Amanda’s extraordinary day.

The best loved bear by Diana Noonan

This is a heart warming story about a favourite teddy bear and why the best things in life are not always the shiny new toys but the older trusted companions who are well loved.

We’re going on a bear hunt by Helen Oxenbury

This classic story is written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by the wonderful Helen Oxenbury. Watch Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen talking about the story behind this story. The rhythm and sounds of this story make it a great read aloud. Michael Rosen performs the story showing how you can incorporate actions to create an interactive experience for children to be part of.

This is just a small sampling of the many picture books that children enjoy hearing. I’m sure you can add to this list so please share your tried and true favourites in the comments below.



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Picture books to read aloud

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