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Read-Aloud Favorites are an essential component of TextProject’s mission of providing appropriate texts for struggling and beginning readers. The Common Core State Standards bring increased focus to what it is that students are learning in schools and what they need to know.  Through read-alouds, students can be introduced to topics and genres that they might otherwise not be able to read independently.

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Kyle-keeps-track-of-cash.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Book
Content
Economics & Geography
Societal Concerns

2 October 2014

Kyle Keeps Track of Cash

Written by Lisa Bullard, Illustrated by Mike Byrne
Balloons-over-broadway.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Societal Concerns
Celebration

2 October 2014

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Written and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
the-5000-year-old-puzzle.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
World History
Adventure

2 October 2014

The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Written by Claudia Logan, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
dolphin-baby.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Life Science
Animal Stories

1 October 2014

Dolphin Baby

Written by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Brita Granström
Handle-With-Care.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Insects
Animal Stories

1 October 2014

Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

Written by Loree Griffin Burns, Illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz
one-well.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Societal Concerns

1 October 2014

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

Written by Rochelle Strauss, Illustrated by Rosemary Woods
wild-animal.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Life Science
Animal Stories
Societal Concerns

1 October 2014

Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World

Written by Ann Downer
what-is-the-world-made-of.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Physical Science

1 October 2014

What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Illustrated by Paul Meisel
wild wings
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Earth Science
Life Science
Peer Relationships

4 September 2013

Wild Wings

Written by Gill Lewis
Look up Henrietta Leavitt
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Physical Science
Earth Science
Women's Studies

4 September 2013

Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

Written by Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Raúl Colón
14 cows for america
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Animal Stories

18 March 2013

14 Cows for America

Written by Carment Agra Deedy; Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
a long walk to water
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
World History

18 March 2013

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Written by Linda Sue Park
a very improbable story
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Math

18 March 2013

A Very Improbable Story

Written by Edward Einhorn; Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
adventure beneath the sea
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Life Science

18 March 2013

Adventure Beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station

Written by Ken Mallory; Illustrated by Brian Skerry
blackout
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Family Relationships

18 March 2013

Blackout

Written and Illustrated by John Rocco
cinder edna
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Folklore
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Fairy Tales

18 March 2013

Cinder Edna

Written by Ellen Jackson; Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
flesh and blood so cheap
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

18 March 2013

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

Written by Albert Marrin
goal
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Peer Relationships

18 March 2013

Goal!

Written by Mina Javaherbin; Illustrated by A.G. Ford
lady liberty
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

18 March 2013

Lady Liberty: A Biography

Written by Doreen Rappaport; Illustrated by Matt Tavares
the many rides of paul revere
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

18 March 2013

The Many Rides Of Paul Revere

Written by James Cross Giblin
moonshot
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Earth Science
Poetry & Verse

18 March 2013

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Written and illustrated by Brian Floca
nubs
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories
US History

18 March 2013

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle

Written by Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery
Passage to freedom the sugihara story cover
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
World History

18 March 2013

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story

Written by Ken Mochizuki; Illustrated by Dom Lee
pierre the penguin
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories
Life Science

18 March 2013

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story

Written by Jean Marzollo; Illustrated by Laura Regan
rain school
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Peer Relationships

18 March 2013

Rain School

Written and illustrated by James Rumford
the a plus custodian
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Peer Relationships

18 March 2013

The A+ Custodian

Written by Louise Borden; Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
the boy who harnessed the wind
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science

18 March 2013

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

Written by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer; Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
the greatest skating race
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
World History
Adventure

18 March 2013

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands

Written by Louise Borden; Illustrated by Niki Daly
the little ships
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
World History

18 March 2013

The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

Written by Louise Borden; Illustrated by Michael Foreman
what color is my world
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

18 March 2013

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

Written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld; Illustrated by Ben Boos & A.G. Ford
you are the first kid on mars
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Science Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Physical Science

18 March 2013

You Are the First Kid on Mars

Written and illustrated by Patrick O'Brien
my-papa-diego.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Family Relationships
Music & Art

3 November 2009

My Papa Diego and Me / Mi papa Diego y yo: Memories of My Father and His Art / Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte

Written by Guadalupe Rivera Marin; Artwork by Diego Rivera
darwin.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Life Science

3 November 2009

Darwin

Written by Alice B. McGinty; Illustrated by Mary Azarian
webster.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Language Studies

3 November 2009

Noah Webster: Weaver of Words

Written by Pegi Deitz Shae; Illustrated by Monica Vachula
denied.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Civics

3 November 2009

Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration

Written by Ann Bausum
landed.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories
Family Relationships

23 June 2009

Landed

Written by Milly Lee; Pictures by Yangsook Choi
chains.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
US History

23 June 2009

Chains (Seeds of America #1)

Written by Laurie Halse Anderson
mary-on-horseback.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Life Science
Societal Concerns

23 June 2009

Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories

Written by Rosemary Wells
wangaris-trees.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Economics & Geography

11 March 2009

Wangari’s Trees Of Peace

Written by Jeanette Winter
how-the-forest-grew.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Earth Science
Life Science

11 March 2009

How The Forest Grew

Written by William Jaspersohn; Illustrated by Chuck Eckart
come-back-salmon.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Life Science
Peer Relationships

11 March 2009

Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought it Back to Life

Written by Molly Cone; Photographs by Sidnee Wheelwright
prairie.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Life Science

11 March 2009

The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands (Scientists in the Field Series)

Written and photographed by Sneed B. Collard III
dolley-madison-saves-george-washington.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

8 January 2009

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington

Written and Illustrated by Don Brown
capital.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

8 January 2009

Capital

Written by Lynn Curlee
dino-for-a-dime.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Fantasy
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Economics & Geography

11 November 2008

You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime: Problem-solving in Dollars and Cents

Written by Harriet Ziefert; Illustrated by Amanda Haley
lawn-boy.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Economics & Geography

11 November 2008

Lawn Boy

Written by Gary Paulsen
beyond-the-lemonade-stand.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Economics & Geography

10 November 2008

Beyond The Lemonade Stand

Written by Bill Rancic
folding-fun.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Music & Art

13 June 2008

Folding for Fun: Origami for Ages 4 and Up

Written by Didier Boursin
asian-kites.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Music & Art

13 June 2008

Asian Kites: Asian Arts and Crafts For Creative Kids

Written by Wayne Hosking
legend-of-chinese-dragon.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Folklore
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Folktales

7 May 2008

Legend Of Chinese Dragon

Written by Maria Sellier; Illustrated by Catherine Louis, Calligraphy and chop marks by Wang Fei, Translated by Sibylle Kazeroid
hachiko.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories

7 May 2008

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Written by Pamela S. Turner; Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene
the-year-of-the-dog.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Family Relationships
Growing Up
Music & Art

7 May 2008

The Year Of The Dog

Written and Illustrated by Grace Lin
sixteen-years-in-sixteen-seconds.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Societal Concerns

7 May 2008

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

Written by Paula Yoo; Illustrations by Dom Lee
the-white-elephant.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Animal Stories
Growing Up
Societal Concerns

7 May 2008

The White Elephant

Written by Sid Fleischman; Illustrated by Robert McGuire
pio-peep.jpg
Grade Level
K-1
Genre
Folklore
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Poetry & Verse

4 April 2008

Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

Selected by Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy, English Adaptations by Alice Schertle; Illustrated by Viví Escrivá
take-me-out-of-the-bathtub.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Poetry & Verse
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Family Relationships

4 April 2008

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

Written by Alan Katz; Illustrated by David Catrow
meow-ruff.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Poetry & Verse
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories

4 April 2008

Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry

Written by Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Michelle Berg
family-pictures.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Music & Art

3 March 2008

Family Pictures, 15th Anniversary Edition / Cuadros de Familia, Edición Quinceañera

Written and Illustrated by Carmen Lomas Garza
four-pictures-by-emily-carr.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Music & Art

3 March 2008

Four Pictures By Emily Carr

Written and Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
restless-spirit.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Music & Art
Societal Concerns

3 March 2008

Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

Written by Elizabeth Partridge
a-woman-for-president.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Civics
US History

12 February 2008

A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull

Written by Katerine Krull; Illustrated by Jane Dyer
george-washington-spymaster.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Chapter Book
Content
US History

11 February 2008

George Washington Spymaster

Written by Thomas B. Allen; Featuring Illustrations by Cheryl Harness
theodore-roosevelt.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Adventure

10 February 2008

The Remarkable Rough-Riding Life of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Empire America

Written and Illustrated by Cheryl Harness
oh-brother.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Poetry & Verse
Family Relationships

16 January 2008

Oh, Brother!

Written by Nikki Grimes; Illustrated by Mike Berry
martins-big-words.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Family Relationships

16 January 2008

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Doreen Rappaport; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
elijah-of-buxton.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
US History
Peer Relationships
Growing Up

16 January 2008

Elijah, Of Buxton

Written by Christopher Paul Curtis
day-of-tears.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
US History
Growing Up

16 January 2008

Day Of Tears

Written by Julius Lester
all-you-need-for-snowman.jpg
Grade Level
K-1
Genre
Fantasy
Format
Picture Book
Content
Peer Relationships

30 November 2007

All You Need For A Snowman

Written by Alice Schertle; Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
merry-navidad.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Folklore
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Poetry & Verse

30 November 2007

Merry Navidad!: Christmas Carols in Spanish and English / Villancicos en espanol e ingles

Compiled by Alam Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy, English Versions by Rosalma Zubizarreta; Illustrated by Viví Escrivá
its-a-miracle.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Family Relationships

30 November 2007

It's a Miracle!: A Hanukkah Storybook

Written by Stephanie Spinner; Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
elijas-angel.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Family Relationships

30 November 2007

Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas

Written by Michael J. Rosen; Illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
frindle.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Peer Relationships
Language Studies

20 August 2007

Frindle

Written by Andrew Clements; Illustrated by Brian Selznick
the-new-girl-and-me.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Peer Relationships

20 August 2007

The New Girl… And Me

Written by Jacqui Robbins; Illustrated by Matt Phelan
the-most-beautiful-place.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Family Relationships
Societal Concerns

20 August 2007

The Most Beautiful Place

Written by Ann Cameron; Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen
the-cello-of-mr-o.jpg
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
World History
Music & Art

11 July 2007

The Cello Of Mr O

Written by Jane Cutler; Illustrated by Greg Couch
the-american-story.jpg
Grade Level
6-8
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History

11 July 2007

The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History

Written by Jennifer Armstrong; Illustrated by Roger Roth
red-scarf-girl.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Historical Fiction
Format
Chapter Book
Content
World History
Growing Up
Family Relationships

11 July 2007

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Written by Ji-li Jiang
tasting-the-sky.jpg
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Biography & Memoir
Format
Chapter Book
Content
Family Relationships
World History

11 July 2007

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

Written by Ibtisam Barakat
ancient-thunder.jpg
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Folklore
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Myths
Animal Stories

28 June 2007

Ancient Thunder

Written and Illustrated by Leo Yerxa
Cover of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Poetry & Verse
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Adventure

28 June 2007

The Highwayman (Visions in Poetry)

Written by Alfred Noyes; Illustrated by Murray Kimber
Cover of Solomon's Tree by Andrea Spalding
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Earth Science
Growing Up
Music & Art

28 June 2007

Solomon’s Tree

Written by Andrea Spalding; Illustrated by Janet Wilson
Cover of Imagine A Day by Sarah L. Thomson
Grade Level
2-3
Genre
Fantasy
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Adventure

28 June 2007

Imagine A Day

Written by Sarah L. Thomson; Illustrated by Rob Gonsalves
Cover of Extreme Animals by Nicola Davies
Grade Level
4-5
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
Animal Stories
Life Science

24 May 2007

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Written by Nicola Davies; Illustrated by Neal Layton
Cover of Discovering Nature's Alphabet by Krystina Castella & Brian Boyl
Grade Level
K-1
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Book
Content
Life Science

24 May 2007

Discovering Nature's Alphabet

Written by Krystina Castella & Brian Boyl
Cover of Dear Miss Breed by Joanne Oppenheim
Grade Level
High School
Genre
Nonfiction
Format
Picture Story Book
Content
US History
Civics

24 May 2007

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference

Written by Joanne F. Oppenheim