Read Alouds Are For All Ages

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 2, 2017, 3:58 p.m.

Do you remember teachers reading aloud to you in school? I was blessed with teachers who read aloud in elementary and secondary school. My favorite memory is from the 3rd/4th grade multiage class I was in. Our teacher read aloud everyday after lunch. I can still remember how I looked forward to my teacher picking me up from the cafeteria and going back into our classroom to grab a comfy seat and listen to her read aloud a chapter book. Oh how I loved these moments! I loved listening to her expression, voices, and the storylines she brought to life.

This, my friends, is a heck of a way to leave a legacy!

As students progress through their school years, the read aloud is typically replaced by reading assignments, lectures, etc. But does it really need to be? Read alouds are beneficial for ALL AGES and for MANY reasons.

Here are some great read alouds and quick activities to do while reading aloud this year!


We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio (From the best selling book Wonder)

Giant Children by Brod Baggert

Egg by Kevin Henkes

The Bad Guys (Series) by Aaron Blabey

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy (Spanish version)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


Whatever After (Series) by Sarah Mlynoski

Micro Fiction (Short Stories)

Survivors Club by Micheal Bornstein & Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Bugged (short stories) by Sarah Albee

300 Words: Through Our Eyes (Micro Fiction by Teenagers)


Read Aloud with Music

Read Aloud with Puppets

Use Voices to Illustrate the Tone of the Text

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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