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Read-Aloud Books for Early Readers

These books are also good to read alone!

At Hedgehog Books, it is our mission to offer you superior books to read aloud and read alone. Our teaching staff has spent many years fine-tuning their classroom libraries in order to share the very best books with children. All of our top 10 picks have been classroom tested and reviewed by our educational staff.

 

The Very hungry Caterpillar

The Very hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

Mem. Ed. $14.99

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Age 2 to 4, Age 4 to 6; A read-aloud book for early readers

As a tiny green caterpillar eats his way through the book, he is transformed into a beautiful butterfly! A board book edition of the classic picture book.

   

 

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

Mem. Ed. $12.99

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Age 9 to 12, Ages 6-9; A read-aloud book for early readers

"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

   

 

Corduroy

Corduroy
by Don Freeman

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Ages 4 and up; A read-aloud book for early readers

Since 1967, Corduroy has captured the hearts of children all over the world.If you've already read this heartfelt tale about the little bear in green overall's search for friends and a home, you know exactly why everyone falls for Corduroy!

   

 

Where the Wild Things are

Where the Wild Things are
by Maurice Sendak

Mem. Ed. $12.99

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Age 2 to 4, Age 4 to 6, Age 6 to 9, Age 9 to 12; A read-aloud book for early readers

When a misbehaving Max is banished to his room without dinner by his mother, he does what any kid would love to do: he sails to a distant island populated by giant, freakish monsters who are every bit as wild as he is. Even better—they're impressed enough by his ferocious claws and indomitable spirit to make him their king. A favorite loved by all little boys.

   

 

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

Mem. Ed. $12.99

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Age 4 to 6; A read-aloud book for early readers

In the town of Chewandswallow, when it rains, it pours…soup, spaghetti and soda! Laugh out loud at this tall tale about the tiny town where the weather is "served" at breakfast, lunch and dinner!

   

 

Where the sidewalk ends

Where the sidewalk ends
by Shel Silverstein

Mem. Ed. $13.99

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Age 2 to 4, Age 4 to 6, Age 6 to 9, Age 9 to 12, Ages 6-9; A read-aloud book for early readers

From funny and gross to introspective and wise, Silverstein is a master at tickling the funny bone in this classic.

   

 

Horrible Harry goes Cuckoo

Horrible Harry goes Cuckoo
by Suzy Kline

Mem. Ed. $5.99

Pub. Ed. $14.95

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Age 6 to 9; A read-aloud book for early readers

The weather is still cold and icy, which means no outdoor recess again for Room 3B. And without recess, Harry starts to go stir-crazy: He's playing pranks, breaking rules, and getting into trouble all over the place. When a comment from Sid pushes Harry over the edge, both boys are sent to the principal's office during lunch. Song, Lee, and Doug are especially worried about what Harry will do while he's cooped up with Sid and Mr. Cardini. Will he be able to behave, or will he go horribly cuckoo? Fortunately, there is a solution to Harry's problems, but it comes from a very unexpected source. Fans of Suzy Kline's series are in for a treat with Horrible Harry Goes Cuckoo!

   

 

Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco

Mem. Ed. $12.99

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Age 2 to 4, Age 4 to 6; A read-aloud book for early readers

Every child with a favorite stuffed animal will be enchanted by this classic tale about a toy bunny who is loved so deeply that one day it magically comes to life. A beautifully illustrated gift edition.

   

 

A light in the Attic

A light in the Attic
by Shel Silverstein

Mem. Ed. $13.99

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Age 9 to 12, Ages 6-9; A read-aloud book for early readers

Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel. A wonderfully written book with many hilarious rhyming poems that will make you fall on the flor laughing.

   

 

The frogs and toads all sang

The frogs and toads all sang
by Arnold Lobel

Mem. Ed. $4.99

Pub. Ed. $16.99

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Age 4 to 6; A read-aloud book for early readers

From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel's characters continue to be so popular years after debut.