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Favorite Picture Books To Read Aloud

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Are you looking for some great ideas for picture book read-alouds? Here are some of my favorites! These are engaging, fun reads with appealing illustrations. Descriptions are from our catalog.


Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser, illustrated by Brad Woodard 


Astro, an asteroid that wants nothing more than for his personal outer space to be respected, is hit by a passing satellite and sent on what turns out to be a great adventure from the asteroid belt to Earth.


Mister Kitty Is Lost! written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli 


A child and dog search for a lost pet, Mister Kitty, as the child describes what Mister Kitty looks like to the reader.


Beach Toys vs. School Supplies  written and illustrated by Mike Ciccotello 


When Shovel sees Ruler at the beach, he knows there will be trouble but a sandcastle-building contest proves surprising to both the Beach Toys and the School Supplies.


Everybunny Dance! written and illustrated by Ellie Sandall 


Bunnies dance, play, sing, and learn to include everyone in their games.


Follow the Line written and illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist 


Invites the reader to visit a wide variety of places and count different objects found in each, from fire hydrants in a big city in the morning, through starfish in the ocean during the day, to babies sleeping in a country village at night. Be sure to check out other titles in this series.


Swirl By Swirl: Spirals In Nature by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes 


This is one of those rare children’s books that make you look at the physical world differently. Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear.


Out Of This World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Matthew Trueman 


This stunning meeting of poetic form and luminous artwork transports us out of the bounds of Earth, past a lunar eclipse, beyond the orbiting planets, and into glowing galaxies and twinkling constellations. Sally M. Walker uses her award-winning skill as a writer of nonfiction to explore space through clever haiku, accompanied by narrative explanations of wonders that are out of this world. Illustrator Matthew Trueman imagines the explosive Big Bang and awe-inspiring meteor showers in spectacular views that no telescope could offer.


Opposites Abstract  written and illustrated by Mo Willems 


Filled with eye-popping, emotive and highly accessible art, this brilliant introduction to opposites uses colors, shapes, lines and textures to explore abstract concepts and is perfect for readers young or old, big or small.