Livingston Lord Library
Curriculum Materials Center

Best Read Aloud Picture Books

Ages 9 through 12



Andreae, Giles. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Illus. Russell Ayto. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Armstrong, Jennifer. Magnus at the Fire. Illus. Owen Smith. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Asch, Frank. Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse. Illus. Devin Asch. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004. 2005 Comstock Honor Book

Asch, Frank. Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice. Illus. Devin Asch. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007. 2008 Comstock Honor Book

Bateman, Teresa. Keeper of Soles. Illus. Yayo. New York: Holiday House, 2006. 2007 Comstock Honor Book

Beaty, Andrea. Iggy Peck, Architect. Illus. David Roberts. New York: Abrams Books, 2007.

Becker, Suzy. Manny’s Cows: The Niagara Falls Tale. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

Bennett, Dean. Finding a Friend in the Forest. Camden: Down East Books, 2005.

Blankenship, LeeAnn. Mr. Tuggle’s Troubles. Illus. Karen Dugan. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press, 2005.

Brennan-Nelson, Denise. My Grandma Likes to Say. Illus. Jane Monroe Donovan. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.

Brennan-Nelson, Denise, and Rosemarie Brennan. Willow. Illus. Cyd Moore. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2008. 2009 Comstock Honor Book

Brown, Peter. Flight of the Dodo. New York: Little, Brown, 2005.

Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. Illus. Mark Buehner. New York: HarperCollins, 2004

Burleigh, Robert. Fly, Cher Ami, Fly! The Pigeon Who Saved the Lost Battalion. Illus. Robert MacKenzie. New York: Abrams Books, 2008.

Christelow, Eileen. Letters from a Desperate Dog. New York: Clarion Books, 2006.

Cole, Heidi, and Nancy Vogl. Am I a Color Too? Illus. Gerald Purnell. Bellevue: Illumination Arts, 2005. 2006 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Crew, Gary. Pig on the Titanic: A True Story. Illus. Bruce Whatley. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Crisp, Marty. Titanicat. Illus. Robert Papp. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2008.

Crummel, Susan Stevens. Ten-Gallon Bart and the Wild West Show. Illus. Dorothy Donohue. Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish, 2008.

Cuyler, Margery. Groundhog Stays Up Late. Illus. Jean Cassels. New York: Walker, 2005.

DiPucchio, Kelly. Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! Illus. Guy Francis. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Durango, Julia. Dream Hop. Illus. Jared Lee. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan. The Leprechaun’s Gold. Illus. Henry Cole. New York: Katherine Tegen Books-HarperCollins, 2004.

Esbaum, Jill. Stink Soup. Illus. Roger Roth. New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2004.

Fagan, Cary. Thing-Thing. Illus. Nicolas Debon. Plattsburgh: Tundra Books, 2008.

Faulkner, Matt. A Taste of Colored Water. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. 2009 Comstock Honor Book

Feiffer, Kate. Double Pink. Illus. Bruce Ingman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

French, Jackie. Pete the Sheep-Sheep. Illus. Bruce Whatley. New York: Clarion Books, 2004.

Gall, Chris. Dear Fish. New York: Little, Brown, 2006.

Geeslin, Campbell. Elena’s Serenade. Illus. Ana Juan. New York: Anne Schwartz Book-Atheneum, 2004. 2005 Comstock Book Award

Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa. Illus. Bryan Collier. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.

Goppel, Christine. Anna Aphid. New York: North-South Books, 2005.

Grambling, Lois G. T. Rex Trick-or-Treats. Illus. Jack E. Davis. New York: Katherine Tegen Books-HarperCollins, 2005.

Gravett, Emily. Meerkat Mail. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Gutman, Dan. Casey Back at Bat. Illus. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

Halfmann, Janet. Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Illus. Duane Smith. New York: Lee & Low, 2008.

Harley, Bill. Dirty Joe the Pirate: A True Story. Illus. Jack E. Davis. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Harrington, Janice N. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. Illus. Shelley Jackson. New York: Melanie Kroupa Books-Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Hatkoff, Isabella, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu. Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship. Illus. Peter Greste. New York: Scholastic, 2007.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend). Illus. John Hendrix. New York: Schwartz & Wade Book-Random House, 2008. 2009 Comstock Book Award

Hopkinson, Deborah. Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains. Illus. Nancy Carpenter. New York: Anne Schwartz Book-Atheneum, 2004.

Issa, Kai Jackson. Howard Thurman’s Great Hope. Illus. Arthur L. Dawson. New York: Lee & Low, 2008.

James, Simon. Baby Brains. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Kerley, Barbara. What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! Illus. Edwin Fotheringham. New York: Scholastic, 2008.

Kimmel, Eric A., reteller and adapter. The Hero Beowulf. Illus. Leonard Everett Fisher. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Kinerk, Robert. Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks. Illus. Stephen Gammell. New York: Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion. Illus. Kevin Hawkes. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2006.

Laminack, Lester L. Snow Day! Illus. Adam Gustavson. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2007. 2008 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Landstrom, Lee Ann, and Karen I. Schragg. Nature’s Yucky! 2: The Desert Southwest. Illus. Rachel Rogge. Missoula: Mountain Press, 2007.

Lechner, John. A Froggy Fable. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2005.

Levine, Ellen. Henry’s Freedom Box. Illus. Kadir Nelson. New York: Scholastic, 2007. 2008 Comstock Honor Book

Lumry, Amanda, and Laura Hurwitz. Adventures of Riley: South Pole Penguins.  Bellevue: Eaglemont Press, 2007.

Lundebrek, Amy. Under the Night Sky. Illus. Anna Rich. Gardiner: Tilbury House, 2008.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain. Illus. Julie Paschkis. Atlanta: August House LittleFolk, 2007.

Mackall, Dandi Daley. Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depressions Era Story. Illus. Chris Ellison. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.

Maltbie, P.I. Picasso and Minou. Illus. Pau Estrada. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2005.

McCarthy, Meghan. Seabiscuit. New York: Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster, 2008.

McCutcheon, John. Christmas in the Trenches. Illus. Henri Sørensen. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2006. 2007 Comstock Honor Book

McDonald, Megan. Saving the Liberty Bell. Illus. Marsha Gray Carrington. New York: Richard Jackson Book-Atheneum, 2005.

McKissack, Patricia C., and Onawumi Jean Moss. Precious and the Boo Hag. Illus. Kyrsten Brooker. New York: Atheneum, 2005. 2006 Comstock Honor Book

Meschenmoser, Sebastian. Learning to Fly. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2006. 2007 Comstock Honor Book

Morris, Carla. The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians. Illus. Brad Sneed. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2007. 2008 Comstock Book Award

Moses, Will. Hansel and Gretel: A Retelling of the Original Tale by the Brothers Grimm. New York: Philomel Books, 2006.

Moss, Marissa. Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen. Illus. C.F. Payne. New York: Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster Books, 2004. 2005 Comstock Honor Book

Nedwidek, John. Ducks Don’t Wear Socks. Illus. Lee White. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Newman, Patricia. Jingle the Brass. Illus. Michael Chesworth. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Noble, Trinka Hakes. The Orange Shoes. Illus. Doris Ettlinger. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.

O’Connor, George. Uncle Bigfoot. New York: Neal Porter Book-Roaring Brook, 2008.

Park, Linda Sue. The Firekeeper’s Son. Illus. Julie Downing. New York: Clarion Books, 2004.

Parker, Neal Evan. Captain Annabel. Illus. Emily Harris. Camden: Down East Books, 2005.

Prelutsky, Jack. Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More. Illus. Chris Raschka. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Pulver, Robin. Author Day for Room 3T. Illus. Chuck Richards. New York: Clarion Books, 2005.

Rabin, Staton. Mr. Lincoln’s Boys: Being the MOSTLY True Adventures of Abraham Lincoln’s Trouble-Making Sons, TAD and WILLIE. Illus. Bagram Ibatoulline. New York: Viking, 2008.
   
Rubin, Adam. Those Darn Squirrels! Illus. Daniel Salmieri. New York: Clarion Books, 2008.

Salley, Coleen. Epossumondas Saves the Day. Illus. Janet Stevens. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006. 2007 Comstock Book Award

Sayre, April Pulleu. Trout, Trout, Trout! Illus. Trip Park. Chanhassen: Northwood Press, 2004.

Shaughnessy, Dan. The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino. Illus. C. F. Payne. New York: Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Smith, Lane. John, Paul, George & Ben. New York: Hyperion Books, 2006.

Stevens, Janet, and Susan Stevens Crummel. The Great Fuzz Frenzy. Illus. Janet Stevens. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005. 2006  Wanda Gág Book Award

Stewart, Sarah. The Friend. Illus. David Small. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote. Illus. Rebecca Gibbon. New York: Henry Holt, 2008. 2009 Comstock Honor Book

Stroud, Bettye. The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom. Illus. Erin Susanne Bennett. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2005. 2006 Comstock Honor Book

Tavares, Matt. Mudball. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2005.

Taylor, Gaylia. George Crum and the Saratoga Chip. Illus. Frank Morrison. New York: Lee & Low, 2006.

Uhlberg, Myron. Dad, Jackie, and Me. Illus. Colin Bootman. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2005. 2006 Comstock Book Award

Van Allsburg, Chris. Probuditi! Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Wargin, Kathy-jo. The Legend of Minnesota. Illus. David Geister. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2006.

Wargin, Kathy-jo. The Legend of Old Abe: A Civil War Eagle. Illus. Laurie Caple. Chelsea: Sleeping Bear Press, 2006.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive. Illus. Eric Velasquez. New York: Walker, 2007.

White, Linda Arms. I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote. Illus. Nancy Carpenter. New York: Melanie Kroupa-Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.

Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! New York: Hyperion, 2004.

Williams, Mary. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Illus. R. Gregory Christie. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2005.

Winter, Jonah. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Illus. Raúl Colón. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Yoo, Paula. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story. Illus. Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2005. 2006 Comstock Honor Book


Compiled and edited by Professor Carol Hanson Sibley, Curriculum Librarian and Korella Selzler, Library Technician, Curriculum Materials Center, Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota. ©2010 Curriculum Materials Center/Livingston Lord Library.

This bibliography was supported by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association; the Wanda Gág Book Award Fund of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation, Moorhead, Minnesota; and the Livingston Lord Library.


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