Top 10 Picture Book Read Alouds

Kids are books are my favorite.  That’s why I’m drawn to writing kidlit.  That’s why I’m always reading at least 5 books at once and that’s probably one of the reasons I have 5 kids of my own. Reading aloud to my kids synergizes two of my favorite things, making it more appealing than ever.  Here is a list of my family’s top 10 picture book read alouds.  (I.e.  we have read each of these books a gazillion times and we still love them!)

1. The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat

naomi and beekle 2. Cock-a-Doodle Oops!, by Lori Grusin Degman

cockle doodle oops!

3. Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds

creepy carrots

4. The Monstore, by Tara Lazar

monstore 5. Mustache Baby, by Bridget Heos

mustache baby

6. Something Extraordinary, by Ben Clanton

se cover

7. That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

that is not a good idea

8. The Three Ninja Pigs, by Corey Rosen Schwartz

the three ninja pigs

9. You Nest Here with Me, by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

you nest here with me

10. Wolfie the Bunny, by Ame Dyckman

wolfie the bunny

What are your favorite picture book read alouds?  Sit down and take a moment to write your top 10!  


  1. Thanks for the suggestions, I have more books on order! My two favorite read-alouds are:
    Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen and (An older book, but totally fun book to read if you like playing with voices) is Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear. I’ve heard storytellers take this one to shows.

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  2. From your list I love the outrageous creativity of Mustache Baby, Creepy Carrots, and Monstore! You Nest Here and Beekle are very sweet. From my own list I adore, You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang. Also Blue On Blue by Diannne White.

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  3. Great selections, Kirsti! My favorites from your list are, of course, The Monstore :), You Nest Here with Me and Three Ninja Pigs.

    One of my own favorites for reading aloud is The Louds Move In by Carolyn Crimi–so funny!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Thanks SO much for including Oops on your list – I’m honored to be among those nine awesome books!! One of my all time favorite read alouds is an oldie but goodie – A Fly Went By, by Mike McClintock. It’s so well written that you can read it really fast and my kids and students always loved that!

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  5. Thank you so much! Do you know a cute little factoid? Aaron Reynolds and I sold our respective books above on the same exact day!

    My favorite read-aloud is THAT RABBIT BELONGS TO EMILY BROWN because I can do a very sill;y, naughty British accents. It’s so fun for me when there are multiple voices to perform in a picture book. I absolutely adore reading aloud.

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    1. How fun that you and Aaron Reynolds sold your books on the same day! I love reading aloud too–it’s so fun to listen to people’s reactions to a delightful picture book.


  6. We overlap with some choices. I would add: It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee, By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman, Wherever You go by Pat Miller, enormous smallness by Matthew Burgess, Compost Stew by Mary Siddle and Water is Water by Amanda Paul.

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