Thematic Reading List: Read Across America Day


Reading is one of the most important activities children, and their parents can do together. From day one, reading helps children learn words, the cadence of language, and how to construct sentences. Not only that, but reading enhances learning through story and connection with caregivers. This reading list is designed for families to read together, especially to children aged 0-5. In celebration of Read Across America Day, each one is meant to be enjoyed no matter where families are around the country.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni




pILOlMnOmokmlNlL Bears Don’t Read!
By: Emma Chichester Clark

Bored with doing the usual bear activities, George finds a book under a tree and goes to town hoping to find someone who will teach him to read.
9780803741713 The Book with no Pictures
By: B. J. Novak

In this book, with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.
9781939547064 Don’t Turn the Page!
By: Rachelle Burk
Illustrated by: Julie Downing

In this story within a story within a story, is the little hedgehog and his mother reading a bedtime story about a sleepy bear, or is the little bear and his mother reading a bedtime story about a sleepy hedgehog?
9781907967443 I’m Not Reading!
By: Jonathan Allen

Baby Owl agrees to read a story to Tiny Chick, but before he can start reading, Tiny Chick’s numerous brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends join in and test Baby Owl’s patience.
9781419714870 Inside this Book (are Three Books)
By: Barney Saltzberg

Given blank books by their mother, Seymour, Fiona, and Wilbur let their imaginations fly, then put their stories, poems, and pictures together in a single, shared book.
9781419711626 The Jellybeans Love to Read
By: Laura Joffe Numeroff and Nate Evans
Illustrated by: Lynn Munsinger

The Jellybeans–four friends who have different strengths and talents–discover a shared love of reading when Anna persuades the others to go with her to the library.
9781592702084 Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words
By: By: Ruth Rocha
Illustrated by: Madalena Matoso

A child who has not yet learned how to read looks out at the world and sees language as lines and squiggles that don’t exactly make pictures but don’t seem to make anything else either. Then, when the child starts to go to school and begins to learn his letters, his way of seeing begins to change.
1580891136 Lola at the Library
By: Anna McQuinn
Illustrated by: Rosalind Beardshaw

Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings and share a special treat.
9781681193236 A Place to Read
By: Leigh Hodgkinson

A young reader has a hard time finding the ideal reading spot that is not too noisy, smelly, hot, or cold.
9781681195063 Play This Book
By: Jessica Young
Illustrated by: Daniel Wiseman

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to try various instruments and join a band.
0316043486 Reading Makes You Feel Good
By: Todd Parr

Describes the characteristics and various advantages of reading.
9781524715700 When You Trap a Tiger
By: Tae Keller

When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a magical tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.


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