Picture Book Read Alouds (page 2)

By — Parents' Choice Foundation
Updated on Apr 21, 2014

Ages 6 - 9 yrs.

Why?Why? Written by Lindsay Camp, Illustrated by Tony Ross G.P. Putnam's Sons: 0399233962: $15.99

Lily is ALWAYS asking “Why?” Nearly every word out of her mouth is “Why?” It’s driving her dad MAD. Who could guess one day that her inquisitiveness would save the world? Initially this might look difficult to read since it is laid out like a graphic novel. However, if you take a little time with it, you’ll have a story children will be begging for every storytime.

The Fungus That Ate My School Written by Arthur Dorros, Illustrated by David Catrow Scholastic Press: 0590477048: $15.95

Mr. Harrison’s class was growing fungus in a jar before Spring Break…but a wet Spring Vacation makes it grow out of control! It takes over the school! The Fungus unit must be called in. Catrow’s wild and wacky illustrations will have listeners itching to do their own science experiments.

The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down Written and Illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson Orchard Books: 0531086313: $14.99

Miss Rosemary’s cow Gertrude is flying around the house. What will the neighbors say? Crafty Miss Rosemary comes up with a perfect way to entice the jealous Gert down from the tree tops.

Something WonderfulSomething Wonderful Written by Jenny Nimmo, Illustrated by Debbie Boon Harcourt: 0152164863: $16.00

Little Hen has never won a prize like all of her coup-mates. But one stormy night, when she doesn’t return to the coup, she proves herself more than worthy when she leads the next chicken generation home. The best chicken story since Minerva Louise!

Piggie Pie! Written by Margie Palatini, Illustrated by Howard Fine Clarion Books: 0395716918: $14.00

Gritch the witch has a hankerin for piggie pie and she knows just where to find them piggies. Old MacDonald’s Farm usually has plenty of piggies, but she talks to the geese, the cows, the chickens, and the farmer himself (all really piggies in disguise) and there are no piggies. Where are the piggies?

We Were Tired of Living in a House Written by Liesel Moak Skorpen, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda G.P. Putnam's Sons: 0399230165: $15.99

Three siblings are tired of living in their house, so they pack up and try living in a tree. They love it until they fall out. On they trek to a pond. There is just something wrong with each place. It’s a good thing home is always there to return to!

Oh, Ducky!Oh, Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity Written and Illustrated by David Slonim Chronicle Books: 0811835626: $15.95

Johnny loves his Ducky and he loves his job in the chocolate factory…but one day he doesn’t know what to do when Ducky gets caught up in the works. The factory owner comes to the rescue. This will make you hungry and make you laugh!

Possum Come A-knockin' Written by Nancy Van Laan, Illustrated by George Booth Alfred A. Knopf: 0394822064: $15.99

Possums are tricky critters, and this one likes to knock while the family isn’t looking and then run and hide. Rhythmic, rhyming fun that will have the audience chanting along.

The Dirty CowboyThe Dirty Cowboy Written by Amy Timberlake, Illustrated by Adam Rex Farrar Straus Giroux: 0374317917: $16.00

Cowboy needs a bath. He sets his mostly blind dawg to guard his clothes. Of course, when he comes back, he doesn’t smell like himself. Dawg won’t let him near the clothes and a tussle ensues. After a roll in the mud and a wrestle with Dawg, Dawg finally recognizes the cowboy…but it’s too late, the clothes are destroyed. One of 2003’s best books by two newcomers. We can only hope they work together again!

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