Manchester, Connecticut

Read Alouds for the Whole Family

Picture Books (JJ)

  • Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing. (JJRT Allard)
    • The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
  • Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. (Make Believe JJ Barrett)
    • In Chewandswallow, meals rain from the sky at appropriate times of the day, but a change in the weather blows in massive problems.
  • Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. (Vroom JJ Burton)
    • Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.
  • Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. (Animals JJ Cannon)
    • After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
  • Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. (JJ Cooney)
    • As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
  • De Paola, Tomie. Strega Nona. (Favorites JJ DePaola)
    • When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
  • Kellogg, Steven. Pinkerton Behave. (Pets JJ Kellogg)
    • When his owners send him to obedience school, Pinkerton flunks out in record time. Then one night, a burglar breaks into their house, and Pinkerton is able to put his bad habits to good use.
  • McCully, Emily. Mirette on the High Wire. (Favories JJ McCully)
    • Mirette was always fascinated by the strange and interesting people who stayed in her mother's boarding house. But no one excited her as much as Bellini, who walks the clothesline with the grace and ease of a bird. When Mirette discovers that fear has kept him from performing for years, she sets out to show him that sometimes a student can be the greatest teacher of all.
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. (Favorites JJ Van Allsburg)
    • Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
  • Verna, Aardema. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. (Folk and Fairy Tales JJ Aardema)
    • A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
  • Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. (JJRT Waber)
    • A young boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear.


Junior Fiction. (J)

  • Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks. (J Birdsall)
    • While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
  • Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn. (J Brink)
    • Chronicles the adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. Caddie Woodlawn loves adventure and she refuses to be a "lady." She'd rather hunt than sew, plow than bake, and she beats her brothers' dares every chance she gets. Caddie and her six brothers and sisters have many exciting experiences on the Wisconsin frontier of the 1860s.
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgons. The Secret Garden. (J Burnett)
    • Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest.* (J Cleary)
    • Ramona meets many interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.
  • Enright, Elizabeth. The Saturdays.* (J Enright)
    • Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.
  • Gardiner, John Renyolds. Stone Fox. (J Gardiner)
    • Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
  • Grahame, Kenneth. Wind in the Willows. (J Grahame)
    • The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
  • Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. (J Lowry)
    • In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
  • Norton, Mary. The Borrowers.* (J Norton)
    • Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
  • Robinson, Barbara. Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (J Robinson)
    • The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
  • Speare, Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver. (J Speare)
    • Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods.* (J Wilder)
    • Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter, but it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

* This book is part of a series