Read Alouds

   There are hundreds of shorter and/or picture books to add to this list, & they are available, but since others are offering their favorites, I wanted to put some older books I've found valuable & add the ideas from other readers, which are in blue.


My Left Foot - Christy Brown
The Water Is Wide - Pat Conroy
Call Me Maria - Judith Ortiz Cofer
Freak The Mighty - Rodman Philbrick
The Acorn People - Ron Jones
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine  
Seedfolks - Paul Fleischman
Because of Mr. Terrupt - Rob Buyea
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Crash - Jerry Spinelli
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Rules - Cynthia Lord
Absolutely Almost - Lisa Graff

The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Circus Mirandus - Cassie Beasley

Peer Pressure

The Wave - Todd Strasser
House of Stairs - William Sleator
Wonder - R.J. Palacio

The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Kneeknock Rise - Natalie Babbitt

Life Goals
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
The Green Book - Jill Paton Walsh
The Wish Giver - Bill Brittain
The Van Gogh Cafe - Cynthia Rylant

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat - Sharon Creech
The Search for Delicious - Natalie Babbitt
A Child's Garden of Verses - Robert Louis Stevenson (2)
Word After Word After Word - Patricia MacLachlan
The Important Book - Margaret Wise Brown
Inside My ImaginationMarta Arteaga

Death/Saying Goodbye
Kindred Souls - Patricia Maclachlan
The One And Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven - Cynthia Rylant
Crossover - Kwame Alexander