The best picture books that are even better read aloud

The Books I Picked & Why

There Might Be Lobsters

By Carolyn Crimi, Laurel Molk

Book cover of There Might Be Lobsters

Why this book?

Eleanor takes her dog, Sukie, (along with Sukie's stuffed friend, Chunka Munka) to the beach. But Sukie is such a little dog and the ocean is so big! Besides, there might be lobsters! As Sukie's fears and anxieties mount, it's fun to use your own version of a puppy voice to read the dog's thoughts aloud. It's a great empathy piece and talking about Sukie's fears with your little ones may open conversations about what makes them anxious. Crimi offers up a just-right sweet ending that makes me want to read it all over again.

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I Really Want the Cake

By Simon Philip, Lucia Gaggiotti

Book cover of I Really Want the Cake

Why this book?

When our heroine and her little dog spy a spectacular cake just sitting alone on the kitchen table, it's on! The note attached from Mom says "You must not eat the cake." But what's a kid to do? She tries lots of activities to help her forget about cake but will temptation win out? This book is fun, funny, and well written. I love the drama of the situation and the art (by Lucia Gaggioti) is spot on. Fun to read dramatically aloud to both kids and adults. (Pair it with a reading of Green Eggs and Ham!)

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Old Rock (Is Not Boring)

By Deb Pilutti

Book cover of Old Rock (Is Not Boring)

Why this book?

Old Rock's friends think that he has a boring life. Yes, he's been sitting in the same spot for many, many years. But Old Rock tells them about the time he flew (out of a volcano!) and the dinosaurs he met and the time he lived inside a glacier. Seems Old Rock's life has not only been long, but very exciting! With the various characters in the book, there's fun dialogue begging to be read aloud. Your budding geologist, paleontologists, and historians will love to hear you read this book aloud.

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I Don't Like Koala

By Sean Ferrell, Charles Santoso

Book cover of I Don't Like Koala

Why this book?

Koala is the most terrible! He has a terrible face. And terrible paws. And terrible eyes that follow you everywhere! If you love to make up voices, you will find that Adam's repeat of "I don't like Koala" is subversively fun. Unleash your inner naughty child! When Adam receives Koala as a gift, he thinks there can be nothing more terrifying. His parents don't understand and all attempts to ditch this crazy stuff toy come to nothing. And then one night, Adam worries there might be something even more terrible than Koala. This one is absolutely brilliant as a read-aloud.

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Everyone Loves Bacon

By Kelly DiPucchio, Eric Wight

Book cover of Everyone Loves Bacon

Why this book?

The first page reads: Everyone loves Bacon. Including Bacon. How can you not love it? As I read this aloud, I love to use a smarmy playboy-type voice. The reader witnesses how Bacon becomes so full of himself and his celebrity status, that he forgets about those he left behind. (The makings of a BLT with avocado, minus the bacon are shown sitting alone in the fridge, missing their pal.) This book is just an all-around good time!

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