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Recommended Family Read Alouds

These chapter books are recommended for families to share out loud. Most choices here are appropriate for children in elementary school, although many are great choices for older preschool children as well. Click on a book title two times to find it in the catalog.
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After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.

Catalog - Nuts to you

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.


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In a country far away, a new invention--the mechanical mousetrap--has caused all the mice but one to flee to America. Now stranded in a dangerous country, the last mouse decides to build a plane and fly to the land of freedom.

Catalog - Lindbergh : the tale of a flying mouse

While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

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Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.


CWMARS Catalog - The courage of Sarah Noble

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

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Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.


Catalog - Tales of a fourth grade nothing

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Catalog - Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.


Catalog - Mary Poppins