Books for Reading Aloud

Gavin from Northern Ireland is an au pair in Washington, USA.
Gavin from Northern Ireland is an au pair in Washington, USA.
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Children love reading stories. Libraries are great places to bring children and find new books to read together. Even though you aren’t in the U.S., many non-English speaking countries have large ex-pat communities with libraries containing English sections. Reading is a great way to not only practice and add to your host kids’ vocabulary and reading skills, but also a fun way to bond with them. Below are some popular book choices.

Short Novels

(Appropriate for the elementary school-aged child)

  • The Goosebumps Series — by R.L. Stein
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — by Roald Dahl
  • The Big Nate Series — by Lincoln Peirce
  • The Dork Diaries — by Rachel Renee Russell
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid — by Jeff Kinney
  • The Warriors Series — by Erin Hunter
  • Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit — by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends — by Shel Silverstein
  • Charlotte’s Web — by E.B. White   
  • The Harry Potter Series — by J.K. Rowling

Book List for New Readers

(Appropriate for younger children)

  • Amelia Bedelia — by Peggy Parrish
  • The Curious George Series — by Margaret and H.A. Rey
  • Dr. Seuss Books: Horton Hears a Who, The Foot Book, ABC, The Lorax, Oh the Places You’ll Go!
  • Where the Wild Things Are — by Maurice Sendak
  • Pirates Don’t Take Baths — by John Segal
  • How to Be Friends with a Dragon — by Valeri Gorbachev
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains — by Cynthia Rylant
  • Stone Soup: An Old Tale — by Marcia Brown
  • Lyle the Crocodile Series — by Bernard Waber
  • The Stella Series — by Marie-Louise Gay

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