Each year at RAR, we hold a 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge… it’s not a challenge for you- it’s for your kids!

Kids are encouraged to read out loud (to their pets, their stuffed animals, their siblings, their grandma…) every day for at least 15 minutes during the month of January.

What happens is inevitable:

  • Kids who were feeling kind of meh about reading suddenly find themselves having a hard time putting their books down
  • Rich connections are made between the child doing the reading and those who are listening
  • Struggling readers start to find their feet, beginning to read with more skill and ease.

It’s just an all-around win.

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This year, we asked the kids which books they enjoyed most during the challenge.

After all, kids read a lot during the challenge! And who better to suggest great read-alouds than the kids who love them so much?

There were a lot of entries, but these 24 showed up time and time again. We’re pretty confident that your kids would enjoy just about anything from this list!

(Scroll beneath the images to see my age recommendations for each title. All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Charlotte’s Web
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Green Ember
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: a Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
Billy And Blaze
Little House in the Big Woods
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Adventures in Brambly Hedge
Boynton’s Greatest Hits : Moo, Baa, La La La!, A to Z, Doggies, Blue Hat, Green Hat
The Railway Children (Puffin Classics)
Frog and Toad Are Friends (Frog and Toad I Can Read Stories Book 1)
The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
Green Eggs and Ham (Beginner Books(R))
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Go, Dog. Go! (Big Bright & Early Board Book)

Need age recommendations for these books?

I’ve actually read every book mentioned here, so I’ll give you a few ideas. Bear in mind, however, that you can read any of these books with the whole family. These are just suggestions if you’re looking for age-specific ideas.

All Ages

Ages 3+

Ages 7+

Ages 11+

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