I always welcome new book recommendations for storytime. Alison Paul’s Favorite Read-Aloud Books, listed below, include some of my favorites.

Alison Paul, author & illustrator of The Crow: A Not So Scary Story and her new book Sunday Love, will read her books and from a list of her very favorite read-aloud books at Kidoinfo Providence Storytime, Tuesday August 3rd at 10 AM.

BATS AT THE LIBRARY by Brian Lies, 2008 (Reviewed on Kidoinfo)
I great one for book lovers! It is written in beautiful sing-songy prose, not too long, good for all ages.

DONT LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! by Mo Willems, 2003
[Won a Caldecott Honor]
Simple and so funny. This is a face paced book, that is aimed a bit younger, but even the older kids (like us : ) will think it’s funny!

ACHOO! BANG! CRASH! THE NOISY ALPHABET by Ross MacDonald, 2003
A very fun read-aloud. It goes through the alphabet onomatopoetically!

THE SPIDER AND THE FLY by Tony DiTerlizzi, 2002
[Won a Caldecott Honor]
A beautiful Black and white illustrated version of Mary Howitt’s classic poem. It is drawn like an old silent film, and it’s a little dark, but not too scary for little ones.

BLACK CAT by Christopher Myers, 1999
[A Coretta Scott King Honor Book]
Set in Harlem, this concrete poetry book highlights the everyday beauty in a city. It also elegantly dances around subject matter that is too intense for little ones.

ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins, 2004
A fun non-fiction look at the varying size of animals. It is a surprisingly quick read too, with one or two [very large or very small] animals per spread.

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES by Jon Scieska & Lane Smith, 1992
[Won a Caldecott Honor]
Last but not least is this hysterically clever take on fairy tales.
It is a collection of 10 short stories, and it could be left for the end since it is a good one to read just one or two stories out of if the kids seem antsy.