Our Favorite Read-Alouds (Kindy through Fourth Grade)

I wanted to share a list of our favorite read-alouds with you today! I set myself the fun but somewhat painful challenge of choosing our top five favorites for kindy through grade four (ok, I fudged a teeny bit by including more than one per author). These are the books we all adored, that made us laugh out loud, that we were excited to visit with more than once like a most cherished friend.

There are so many more that didn’t make this top-five list (full lists of favorites are included in the Lavender’s Blue grades curriculum). And most of these are wonderful for more than one age group (the kindy books are still perfect in first grade and so on) but please pre-read and decide what’s appropriate (or what might need editing) for your family.


  • Milly Molly Mandy stories by Joyce Lancaster Brisley

  • Children of Noisy Village and Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

  • Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne

  • Collected works of Jan Brett

  • Collected picture book works of Robert McCloskey

First Grade

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Anna Hibiscus stories by Lauren Tobia Atinuke

  • Brambley Hedge stories by Jill Barklem

  • Ivy and Bean stories by Annie Barrows

  • Clementine stories by Sara Pennypacker

Second Grade

  • Tashi stories by Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg

  • Tumtum and Nutmeg stories by Emily Bearn

  • James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

  • Pippi Longstocking stories by Astrid Lindgren

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (and other titles) by Shel Silverstein

Third Grade

  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

  • The Secret Garden (please be prepared to edit as you read) and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • King Arthur and Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

  • City, Mosque, Cathedral, Castle, and Pyramid by David McCauley

Fourth Grade

  • Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

  • Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

  • The Magic Half by Annie Barrows

  • Little House series (first 8 books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

Happy Reading!

xo, Kelly