Know Any Good Read Alouds?


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Reading Teacher article:

Use the Marvel database Academic Search Premier.

Hassett, Dawnene D. and Jen Scott Curwood. Theories and Practices of Multimodal Education: The Instructional Dynamics of Picture Books and Primary Classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 63(4), pp.270-282. December 2009/January 2010


Find Books:

South Portland Library Catalog:


-click Preferences to search other school libraries

-Look for Lexile scores on selected books


Novelist K-8 Plus:

-Search by subject or lexile

-Try the Find Similar Books feature

-Check out the Recommended Books list

-Browse the Grab and Go Booklists and Curricular Connections

Book Adenture:

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.



Online Picture Books:

International Children's Digital Library:

These are scanned books written a variety of different languages. The kids could try to predict the story based on the pictures and then test their predictions by translating in English. How fun!

Kids Learn Out Loud:

This is an audio book site that has podcasts for various subjects that are levels by grade clusters. There were a bunch of biography podcasts which would be great resources for kids.


KOL Jr. online stories:

Popular picture books read aloud with the text highlighted as the word is read. Great for K-2.

Raz Kids: 

You have to buy a subscription, but very popular. It has fiction and nonfiction books for kids to read silently, recording ability, and they can, listen to books read aloud  to them. Teachers can differentiate by assigning books at different levels that are aligned to DRA and Fountas and Pennell. There's a good 3 min video that introduces it on the site.

Screen Actors Guild Foundation:

Various well-known actors read aloud popular picture books. A winner with kids!



Portland Public Library offers this free access to a long list of picture books. You can choose to have the book read to you or to read independently.


Carmine: A Little More Red:

A teacherís guide for the book compliments of Caldecott Honor willing author Melissa Sweet.


Chickadee Awards:

The Chickadee Committee writes curriculum pages for all of the nominated books. The pages include activities, author/illustrator information, lists of companion books and relevant links.


George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides:

This is a curriculum unit centered around the book from the Department of Education in Maryland. It focuses on the economic causes of the American Revolution.



This is a fabulous reading of the Jabberwocky by British actor, Sir Christopher Lee. Not to miss for the Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland fans.


Living Sunlight:

Here are links to curriculum centered around this book for both K-2 and 3-5 students.


Trout are Made of Trees:

This is an activity focusing on food chains around the book prepared by a Texas author and educator for the Texas Childrenís Book conference.

The Wolves are Back:

This is an activity focusing on ecology that builds on the activity from Trout are Made of Trees. You can also visit the Chickadee site for activities around this book.