25 “Must-Have” Read-Aloud Authors

25 “Must-Have” Read-Aloud Authors

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25 "Must-Have" Read-Aloud Authors | great books for kids, recommended books to read aloud, library tips for families, read aloud books for preschool

I think it’s no secret that our family loves the library. We are there three to four times a week: attending story time, participating in book club and LEGO time, and playing with friends in the children’s area.

But can I tell you a secret?

We have the biggest struggle when it comes to finding great books to check out and take home.

I have fond memories of the years we spent borrowing board books for our girls. At both of the libraries we’ve lived near, the books for toddlers were stored in open bins. We’d plop down on the floor and look for new favorites together.

And then our oldest moved up to picture books. Instead of browsing through open bins, now the books were lined up neatly on shelves (or sometimes packed tightly in). Choosing items to take home became sort of “hit and miss” as we’d move slowly down the aisle, looking for interesting titles. We would find a favorite author and check the same books out over and over again.

Those were the years of Maisy, Spot, and all the Liesbet Slegers books we could find.

Now that our youngest daughter is a confident reader, we are spending more and more time looking for beautiful picture books to enjoy together. My husband asked me to make a list of suggested authors to browse when he takes the girls to the library, so I thought I would share that with all of you.

Note: these 25 (+1) authors are just a slice of a huge “pie” of incredible children’s literature waiting to be discovered by your family. I would love for you to leave a comment with any others you would recommend!

25 "Must-Have" Read-Aloud Authors | great books for kids, recommended books to read aloud, library tips for families, read aloud books for preschool

Recommended Read-Aloud Author List

  1. Ludwig Bemelmans
  2. Sandra Boynton
  3. Eric Carle
  4. Doreen Cronin
  5. Tomie dePaola
  6. Olivier Dunrea
  7. Lois Ehlert
  8. Mem Fox
  9. Don Freeman
  10. Kevin Henkes
  11. Ezra Jack Keats
  12. Steve Light
  13. Leo Lionni
  14. Eric Litwin
  15. Bill Martin, Jr.
  16. Il Sung Na
  17. Lori Nichols
  18. Patricia Polacco
  19. Peter H. Reynolds
  20. Cynthia Rylant
  21. Alice Schertle
  22. Dr. Seuss
  23. Samantha R. Vamos
  24. Judith Viorst
  25. Mo Willems
  26. Karma Wilson

You may have noticed I couldn’t quite narrow it down to just 25! And I’m sure I missed a few great ones along the way…don’t forget to leave me a comment with YOUR must-have read-aloud authors.

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5 Replies to “25 “Must-Have” Read-Aloud Authors”

  1. I absolutely suck at reading aloud to my little one, thankfully he doesn’t understand much yet so I have time to practice will definitely be working through this list and maybe sneaking in a weakly visit to library! Thank you for some great suggestions I can’t wait to get reading these to my little boy.

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