Multcolib Kids Picks: Books to Read Aloud for Older Listeners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.