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Although Jim retired from public seminars in January 2008, he continues to maintain this list of titles similar to what he would have used when speaking with teacher and parent groups. It is a list that is brief enough not to overwhelm a parent or teacher, yet it covers a broad range of ages. It's really a "starter" kit of titles, all of which are still in print and can be ordered either through local bookstores, libraries, or Web sites like Amazon or Bookfinder. A larger list can be found in The Read-Aloud Handbook and here online at For a list of titles mentioned in Jim's film, go to video_bibliography.html

Inclusion of a title on the following lists is based solely on a book's merits or Jim Trelease's personal preference and has nothing to do with financial arrangements or agreements, of which there are none.


THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK by Jim Trelease (Penguin) softcover; the all-time bestselling parent/teacher guide to children’s books

HEY! LISTEN TO THIS by Jim Trelease (Penguin), soft cover only, 48 stories for reading aloud to grades K— 4

READ ALL ABOUT IT by Jim Trelease (Penguin) soft cover only, 50 stories for reading aloud to preteens and teens


The Neighborhood Mother Goose, ill. by Nina Crews [Mother Goose] hardcover


The Day the Babies Crawled Away
by Peggy Rathman (Putnam) hardcover

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by A. W. Flaherty (Houghton) hardcover

Grandma’s Bears by Gina Wilson (Candlewick)

The Truth About Poop by Susan E. Goodman (Viking) hardcover

Mighty Jackie by Marissa Moss (S&S) hardcover

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson (Scholastic) hardcover


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Chapter Books/ Short Novels

Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park (Random) hard/soft)

My Father’s Dragon; series: Elmer and the Dragons; The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth S. Gannett (Knopf) hardcover and soft

The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers (Holt) hardcover

• The Water Horse by Dick King Smith (Dell) softcover (although the movie was "based" on the book, it was based on only about 5%).


The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (Dutton) hardcover

Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence
by Emily Rodda (Scholastic) paperback

Hachet by Gary Paulsen (20th anniversary edition) hard/soft

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic) hardcover and soft

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Knopf) hardcover; (Penguin) soft;

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor; series (Dial and Puffin, hardcover and soft)


Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for Kids Only! (Bathroom Readers Press) paperback

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong (Knopf hardcover) hardcover [100 true stories]

Reference Books for Parents/Teachers

Becoming a Nation of Readers, (Center for the Study of Reading), Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, IL ($7.50 soft)

The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen (Language Ed. Associates, PO Box 7416, Culver City, CA 90233; tel: 310/568-9338) ($18, incl. tax and shipping)

• Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children by Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley (Brookes Publishing / Baltimore, MD); also an excellent 6-page synopsis is available online at:

To download a PDF file of the above list (for easy printing, duplication, and emailing), go to:

"Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading," a free brochure-handout for parents by Jim Trelease


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