Multcolib Kids Picks: Books to Read Aloud for Intermediate Listeners
Annotation:Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, is determined that baby elephant Ruby will have a better life than he has had.
Annotation:When she finds a spring whose waters provide everlasting life, Winnie must choose whether to live forever as a 10-year-old or to grow old, change and die as is the norm.
Annotation:True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades.
Annotation:This mixture of popular tales and literary lore celebrates Hispanic culture and its many roots--Indigenous, African, Arab, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Annotation:When 11-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world and a quest foretold by ancient prophecy, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders.
Annotation:Igraine, the 12-year-old daughter of two magicians, wants nothing more than to be a knight, and when her family's castle is attacked by a treacherous neightbor, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.
Annotation:Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce robin-sized shorebird has flown more than 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and halfway back!
Annotation:In a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret writes about months spent in a hospital when she was 12 years old, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again.
Annotation:Minli encounters a flightless dragon and other magical creatures when she sets off on an adventurous journey to find the Old Man on the Moon.
Annotation:In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Annotation:When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Annotation:Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help.
Annotation:When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them from running amok if the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves the elephant Marlene into the family garden to save her.
Annotation:Bass Reeves, a former slave, who for more than 30 years was the most feared and respected lawman in the U.S. territories, was cunning and fearless and bigger than life.
Annotation:Young Rowan, neither brave nor strong, finds he must be a key member of a search party to find out why the village's mountain stream has stopped flowing.
Annotation:In accessibly irreverent language, the author relates the wacky fun he had growing up in a family of six boys and lots of comic books.
Annotation:After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Annotation:Shahrazade saves herself from execution by distracting King Shahriyar with stories. This brightly stylized collection of eight tales may be most appealing to older elementary and middle school students.
Annotation:A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, sets William on an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.
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The books on this list are suggested for sharing aloud with many audiences, both in family settings with small numbers of children and with children in classrooms or other large groups. Since your personal values and children's emotional maturity levels vary widely, we highly recommend that you read the books yourself before sharing them with your audience.