Multcolib Kids Picks: Books to Read Aloud for Older Listeners

Sophia's War
Sophia's War A Tale of the Revolution By Avi Book - 2012 j AVI 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1776 12-year-old Sophia Calderwood is horrified to witness the hanging of Nathan Hale as a spy. Five years later she knowingly risks the same fate as she revolves to do all she can to help the American cause.

How They Croaked
How They Croaked The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous By Bragg, Georgia Book - 2011 j 920.02 B8134h 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In sometimes grisly detail, the author describes the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts By Choldenko, Gennifer Book - 2004 j CHOLDENKO Available in some locations

Annotation:When his father takes a job at the Alcatraz Island prison in 1935, 12-year-old Moose has to contend with an extraordinary new environment in addition to the challenges of life with an autistic sister.

Walk Two Moons
Walk Two Moons By Creech, Sharon Book - 1994 j CREECH Available in some locations

Annotation:After her mother leaves home suddenly, 13-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 By Curtis, Christopher Paul Book - 1995 j CURTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind By Draper, Sharon M. Book - 2010 j DRAPER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Hidden By Frost, Helen Book - 2011 y FROST 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When 14-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2008 j GAIMAN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Girl, Stolen
Girl, Stolen By Henry, April Book - 2010 y HENRY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, 16-year-old Cheyenne, than his greedy father.

Scat By Hiaasen, Carl Book - 2009 j HIAASEN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:When a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and their unpopular teacher goes missing, Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate.

Spiders in the Hairdo
Spiders in the Hairdo Modern Urban Legends By Holt, D. Book - 1999 y 398.2 H758s 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:These modern-day folk tales with a twist are funny, scary and downright weird.

Wonder By Palacio, R. J. Book - 2012 j PALACIO 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 45 copies

Annotation:"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." Auggie Pullman describes what it's like to be a 10-year-old boy with extreme facial abnormalities.

Hatchet By Paulsen, Gary Book - 2007 y PAULSEN Available in some locations

Annotation:After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

Heart of A Samurai
Heart of A Samurai Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro By Preus, Margi Book - 2010 j PREUS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, 14-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Holes By Sachar, Louis, 1954- Book - 2008 y SACHAR 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a horrendous correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Dare to Be Scared
Dare to Be Scared Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill By San Souci, Robert D. Book - 2003 j SANSOUCI All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Choose from ghost stories, supernatural thrillers, science fiction and dark fantasy to read under the blankets at sleepovers, around the campfire or under an ominous moon.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold
The Notorious Benedict Arnold A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery By Sheinkin, Steve Book - 2010 j B-A75s 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his daring younger life and his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.

Stargirl By Spinelli, Jerry Book - 2000 y SPINELLI Available in some locations

Annotation:In a story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again By Tolkien, J. R. R. Book - 2007 FICTION TOLKIEN 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.

The Book Thief
The Book Thief By Zusak, Markus Book - 2007 y ZUSAK 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 22 copies

Annotation:Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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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.