Classic Read Aloud Book List For Kids
This Classic Read Aloud Book List was put together so you can enjoy the pleasures of a shared adventure with your children.
Many bonds are made as you sit together and experience the a literary journey together. I was never read to as a child much, however I had no shortage of books. It wasn’t until I began homeschooling that I began reading the classics. Some I liked, some I loved and some I wondered what all the fuss was about.
If you are worried your child wont sit still for a read aloud – here are some tips.
Here is my classic read aloud book list.
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – The characters are adorable and engaging. Anytime after 10 is probably a good fit.
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (7 books) – Master story telling. A must read for all kids.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – I read this a little early. It’s a great book but will be lost on your 7 year old.
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (8 books) – I loved this series and so did my boys and girls. You will get so much out of these books.
Treasures in the Snow by Patricia St John – An excellent story of forgiveness.
Star of Light by Patricia St John – This author has so many good titles.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri – There are a few others in the series but my children didn’t like those so much.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – My son read it on his own and liked it but didn’t love it.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by LRR Tolkien – I just read the Hobbit aloud – much better than the movie. The boys read the Lord of the Rings series themselves (a few times).
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – Dad read this to the kids. He also read them Kidnapped by the same author.
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle – I’ve not read this particular version but the stories are great.
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – I haven’t read this version but it is considered to be one of the best. Robert Ingpen has just illustrated a beautiful version of this.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – these are Mark Twain classics that seem to appear on many book lists. We have the books but my boys never really took to them.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – A bit weird but interesting to share as a family.
Tales of Beatrix Potter the Complete Set – Essential reading to little ones. Cute pictures and cute stories.
Andrew Lang’s Fairy Tales – We haven’t read this edition of fairy tales but it seems to be the one everyone recommends.
Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – We have read some Dickens. They can be quite hard to get into so wait until your child is upper primary before tackling one of these.
The Railway Children by E Nesbit – another good one. And the kids are homeschooled!
Charlottes Web by EB White – What tears were shed in this one.
Winnie the Pooh – House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne – Highly recommended!
Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo’s Boys, by Louisa May Alcott – I started reading this aloud but my daughter finished it off. I was too slow.
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson – We have it but no one here raved about it.
Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren – My daughter found this hysterical.
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss – Dad did this read aloud and they all seemed to enjoy it.
Just So Stories and Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – Good as a read aloud or read alone.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson – We read an abridged version and didn’t really get the most from it.
Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Montgomery – The books are very wordy. We never really finished the first book but we loved the movie. However I have friends who adore this series.
Peter Pan by Sir LM Barrie – We know the story but we haven’t read this version.
St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges – Great stories and great middle ages pictures.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – sad story but good.
The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler – First one is great but the rest aren’t so much. Excellent beginning reading book.
Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Latham Newberry Medal – So good. I even leant this to a naval officer who read it as an adult and loved it.
Little Pilgims Progress by Helen L Taylor – This one has been very popular. It’s been read aloud and then read alone again.
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan – a quick book. Nice story, a bit similar to Little House on the Paraire
Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French – an Icelandic tale with Vikings.
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Newberry Medal. Moving story of not succumbing to prejudices.
Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare Set in the times of Christ .
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle – Good stories of Britian
I’m putting these at the end because they are high school reads.
Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Promethus by Mary Shelly – It wasn’t what I expected. Very good.
The Time Machine by HG Wells – A good book to study on predictions for the future.
Animal Farm by George Orwell – A statement on communism but my kids just thought it was a good animal story.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald – Mature themes in this one.
I haven’t included any Australian titles in this list. You’ll find them here.