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15 Fun Read-Alouds for Kids (& Parents)

15 Fun Read-Alouds for Kids (& Parents)

Reading aloud to your kids can be a delightful experience, especially with books that are as fun for you as they are for them. Here are 15 fantastic read-alouds that both kids and parents will enjoy:

"The Monster at the End of This Book" by Jon Stone

Grover from Sesame Street begs the reader not to turn the pages to avoid meeting the monster at the end of the book. The humorous and interactive story keeps kids engaged and laughing till the end.


Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems

These charming stories about two best friends, Elephant Gerald and Piggie, explore themes of friendship, empathy, and fun. Willems' expressive illustrations and witty dialogue make these books a joy to read aloud.

The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

This clever book uses only text to create a hilarious reading experience. The words make the reader say silly things, which never fails to elicit giggles from kids.

Pete the Cat Books

Follow Pete the Cat as he navigates various adventures with his laid-back attitude and groovy songs. The repetitive, sing-song text and positive messages are perfect for young readers.

“Misunderstood Shark” by Ame Dyckman

Shark's antics during an underwater TV show are misunderstood, leading to hilarious situations. The mix of humor and factual tidbits about sharks makes it both entertaining and educational.

“The Wonky Donkey” by Craig Smith

This story features a three-legged donkey who is also spunky, hanky-panky, and more. The rhyming text and increasingly silly descriptions make it a favorite for read-aloud fun.

“Creepy Carrots!” by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots until they start following him home. The story's blend of humor and suspense, along with its illustrations, keeps kids on the edge of their seats.

“Children Make Terrible Pets” by Peter Brown

Lucy, a bear, finds a human boy and wants to keep him as a pet, but quickly learns it's not as easy as it seems. The playful reversal of roles makes for a funny and engaging story.

“Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer

George, a puppy, can’t bark like a dog and instead makes other animal sounds. His mom takes him to the vet, leading to a surprising and humorous resolution that kids love.

“I Lost My Bear” by Jules Feiffer

A little girl loses her favorite bear and searches everywhere to find it. The relatable story and the girl's determined attitude make it an enjoyable read for both kids and parents.

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger feels confined by city life and decides to go wild, discovering the joy of being himself. The bold illustrations and uplifting message about self-expression make it a standout.

“The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson

A clever mouse outwits predators by inventing a fearsome creature called the Gruffalo. The rhyming text and suspenseful story are perfect for keeping young listeners engaged.

“The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach

This tale explains how a bear ended up eating a sandwich left on a park bench, with a twist ending that surprises both kids and adults. The humorous narrative and delightful illustrations make it a fun read.

“Pirate Stew” by Neil Gaiman

When a babysitter turns out to be a pirate, two kids are taken on a magical adventure involving pirate stew. The rhythmic text and imaginative story captivate readers of all ages.

“Piggie Pie!” by Margie Palatini

Gritch the witch wants to make piggie pie but struggles to find any pigs. The humorous plot twists and lively illustrations keep the story fun and engaging from start to finish.

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These read-alouds are sure to bring joy and laughter to your reading sessions, making story time a favorite part of the day for both you and your little ones. For quick reference, here’s a link to all of the books. Happy reading!

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