There is nothing like reading a picture book aloud to children. Each day with my third graders ends with me reading them a picture book on the carpet. It is the perfect way to end a school day.
Friday afternoons Margie Culver visits my classroom and reads aloud to my students. My students adore her, and LOVE listening to her read aloud. I knew that she would be a huge hit with my students. What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would love her read alouds. I rarely have the opportunity to sit in a classroom with a bunch of kids while a Read Aloud Master shares a book with kids. Margie is crazy good at reading aloud.
I feel like 2017 is filled with tons of great picture books to read aloud to kids. I can’t tell if 2017 is a really strong year, or if I am just noticing more great read alouds because I’m getting a chance to be on the receiving end of read alouds more this year.
Here are some 2017 picture books that are great for read alouds.
Written by: Rob Sanders
Art by: Dan Santat
I read this book to 3 of my kids on Saturday. It was a hoot. They were flipping out. If you read this one aloud to kids, don’t do it cuddled up in a chair. You’ll need to stand up, and get really into it. Rodzilla reminded me of the first Lego Movie. I’m really looking forward to reading it aloud to my third graders.
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
Written by: Drew Daywalt
Art by: Adam Rex
Margie read this one to my third graders on Friday. They were all about it. Rock, Paper, and Scissors demand that you read their characters to life with charisma. I can’t think about this book without smiling.
Words and Art by: Ryan T. Higgins
If you haven’t read this book, this is what you need to do.
- Pick up two friends
- Drive to your favorite independent bookshop. (I recommend Bookbug)
- Find the book Be Quiet!
- Each of you select a mouse
- Perform a reader’s theater for everyone in the bookshop
Art by: Erin Stead
Thirty years ago people would have thought that this book was gorgeous. Today people think this book is gorgeous. Thirty years from now people will think this book is gorgeous.
Words by: Kwame Alexander
Photographs by: Joel Satore
It feels a little bit like Kwame Alexander is taking over the world.
Can an Aardvark Bark?
Words by: Melissa Stewart
Art by: Steve Jenkins
Beautifully written text: Check
Amazing illustrations: Check
Outstanding design: Check
I asked my pals on Twitter to share some of their favorite 2017 picture book read alouds. You’ll find their responses below.