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12 New Class Read-Alouds Teachers and Librarians Should Check Out

by Janssen Bradshaw

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There is something magical about reading aloud to a group of children.

When I was an elementary school librarian, classes would come into the library bouncing off the walls (first graders, I’m looking at you!), thrilled at the change of scenery.

Then, I’d gather them on the storytime rug, settle into my rocking chair, and, like a spell had fallen over the room, the whole group would go silent as I opened up the first book.

And then came all the fun.

Gasps of surprise when something unexpected happened. Laughter at a funny line or silly illustrations. That almost inaudible sigh of satisfaction when the book closed.

And then the scramble to check out the copies of that book themselves, which was always the most gratifying.

The following 12 titles are ones that are certain to get you that same sort of mileage, whether you’re reading aloud in your classroom, the library, or at home to an audience of one.

What other new books do you think are perfect for reading aloud to a group of young children? Let us know in the comments below!

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