Great Reads for a Classroom Visit

By Amy Koester

When you're invited to read a book to a classroom of early elementary school children the pressure is on to choose a great read-aloud story. Any of the titles on this list are sure to be a success during your next classroom visit.

  • Memoirs of a Goldfish

    2010 by Devin Scillian

    Our fishy friend can be a bit cranky—he's incredibly fixated on all the stuff that keeps being added to his bowl. This humorous account of a little fish with a big personality is going to be a big hit with young audiences.

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  • Dragons Love Tacos

    2012 by Adam Rubin

    You don't have to love tacos to love this book—although it doesn't hurt if you do. I'll bet you and the classroom of kids you're reading to have never thought about the taco preferences of dragons. Rest assured, after this reading you'll never think of spicy salsa the same way again.

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  • Heckedy Peg

    1987 by Audrey Wood

    If you're in the mood to share a story that's just the teeniest bit scary and has a fairy tale sensibility, Heckedy Peg is a great choice. The gorgeous illustrations pair with a satisfying resolution that hits all the right notes.

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  • The Paper Bag Princess

    1980 by Robert N Munsch

    When a dragon destroys Princess Elizabeth's castle and absconds with her beloved Ronald, she doesn't let her sudden disadvantage—and lack of regal clothing—get in the way of a rescue mission. This great twist on the damsel-in-distress tale is an enjoyable, empowering story for everyone.

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  • Penguin Problems

    2016 by Jory John

    You think you've got problems? Try being a penguin!

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  • Scaredy Squirrel

    2006 by Mélanie Watt

    If you're thinking that perhaps Scaredy Squirrel's name is a bit of an exaggeration, you'd be wrong. This rodent is terrified of pretty much anything and everything and his escapades in confronting his fears will result in some great laughs and knowing nods.

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  • Officer Buckle and Gloria

    1995 by Peggy Rathmann

    Any student who's been to a school assembly will love this zany yet heartfelt tale of Officer Buckle's safety presentation and his dog Gloria's spirited additions. Bonus points if you read this story a second time with your own humorous Gloria in the background.

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  • The Book with No Pictures

    2014 by B. J. Novak

    You might think that a picture book with zero pictures would be a hard sell but in this case you'd be wrong. Prepare yourself to make some pretty preposterous sounds and statements while you read this belly laugh-inducing modern classic.

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