Here are some more great books for reading aloud to students in K-3:
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle visits schools and talks to students about safety. His talks bore the students until he gets Gloria, a police dog to accompany him. When Officer Buckle goes alone, the children all fall asleep When Gloria goes alone, she falls asleep on stage. Afterward, there are many accidents.
Officer Buckle and Gloria return with the best safety tip #101- Always stick with your buddy. This book received the 1996 Caldecott Medal.
Don’t Laugh Joe by Keiko Kaska
Joe the Possum is always giggling. He can’t seem to master the art of playing dead, not even for his favorite dessert, a bug pie. Then one day a hungry bear shows up…Kasza even manages to make possums look cute.
Flight School by Lita Judge
Penguin wants to fly more than anything. So he enrolls in flight school. After practicing for weeks with no success; penguin is brokenhearted until his teacher, Flamingo, has a brilliant idea that just might work.
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Wilfred loves his pet moose. even though Marcel does follow rule #4 very well-Don’t make too much noise while Wilfred plays his record collection or rule #7-Go whichever way Wilfred wants to go.
One day on a long walk, Wilfred makes a terrible discovery, Someone else thinks she owns the moose. What will Wilfred do now?
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, illustrations by James Marshall
The children love their teacher, Miss Nelson. When they start behaving badly, throwing spitballs in class and tossing paper airplanes, Miss Nelson fails to show up for school. She is replaced by the vile substitute teacher, Viola Swamp. Ms.Swamp wears an ugly black dress and makes the children’s life miserable. Will they ever see Miss Nelson again?. Sequels include Miss Nelson is Back and Miss Nelson has a Field Day
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
A turtle named Yertle is the ultimate bully:
“I’m Yertle the Turtle!
Oh Marvelous me!
For I am the ruler of all I can see.”
Yertle climbs to the top literally on the backs of all the turtles in the pond. But justice prevails. Many people think Seuss based Yertle on Adolf Hitler.
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
“Now the Star-Belly Sneetches Had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none up thars”
The Star Belly Sneetches consider themselves highly superior to the plain belly Sneetches .Then along comes Sylvester McMonkey McBean and his star creation machine.
Soon the Sneetches are adding and removing stars from their bellies until they are all totally confused. Will the Sneetches learn their lesson?
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Bryne
When Bella takes her dog for a walk, strange and unusual things happen. This is one of the best read aloud books ever.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
When a duck decides to ride a bike, the barnyard animals have various reactions until they all have a chance to ride for themselves. Children love the silly illustrations.. The large pictures make this a good choice for a large group of children.
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
Hal and his dog Billy save his family from the super hungry dinosaur. The dinosaur apologizes for his rude behavior and then stays for dinner.
Lola at the Library-Anna McQuinn
Lola looks forward to Tuesday when she and her mom visit the library, attend story time, choose books and have a snack. The special day ends with a bedtime story.
Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie. Toot and Puddle live together in Woonsock Pocket. Toot loves to travel but Puddle is a homebody. Toot travels around the word sending postcards back to his best buddy. They reunite in December when Toot return. This is the same Holly Hobbie of the bigheaded dolls but her pigs are infinitely cuter. Don’t be surprised if you like this better than your children. Try to avoid the cheaper knockoffs by National Geographic Press based on the TV show. These are usually done by other authors. National Geographic Press does an amazing job with nonfiction but these books are a poor imitation of Hobbie’s books.
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by Brian Karas
In this great sing along to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus, Noisy animals board the bus. All goes well until the skunks arrive.