Need free read aloud books to entertain your child? I recently found out that Barnes and Nobel hosts 16 free read aloud books for children on their website. You can access them from your favorite browser right on your computer. This is a wonderful resource for classroom teachers, because almost all of these popular books are read by the authors themselves. It makes a great supplement to any preschool or kindergarten activity with these books. Some popular stories are read by celebrities. Rachael Ray, as a matter of fact, reads a famous Dr. Seuss story, and quite well, may I add!
I am very excited to have stumbled across this really fantastic resource for teachers, parents, and homeschool families. Who doesn’t like free, right? And who doesn’t like having a book read to them? How about a book read by the author? There’s nothing more special to a child that hearing the author’s voice of a favorite book.
Have you already seen my article about free read aloud books on YouTube for kids? Check it out if you haven’t. There are 10 free read aloud books on that page. But more is better, so check out these additional 16 free read aloud books, too!
Barnes and Nobel has put together a fantastic list of books for their patrons. These are by no means second rate books. You will undoubtedly know the titles. You will recognized the authors. Each book has fabulous illustrations, and they all offer beautiful narrations. Best of all, who can argue with free?
Barnes and Nobel’s Free Read Aloud Books
The following 16 children’s story books can be found on Barnes and Nobel’s free read aloud books list, just visit their Online Storytime page to view. You will see a scroll list of book cover images at the bottom of the page. Just simply click on the blue right or left arrows to find the book you want to have read aloud to your child or class. I have typed them all in order to make it easier for Healthy Family readers.
Here’s that list of FREE read aloud books for children that they offer:
- The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth Harper and Nancy Leak. Visit Little Giraffes blog for 4 cute classroom activity ideas that go along with this book.
- Pinkalicious read by author and illustrator Victoria Kann, also written by Elizabeth Kann. Visit Mama Made it, a very cute and crafty blog for creative preschool activities that go along with this story.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by author and illustrator Eric Carle. There are many commercialized websites available with resources on this book. I found a gem of a blog and just have to share it: Learning and Teaching Preschoolers has ideas some great ideas. I especially like her caterpillar bingo game for preschool children. Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler has a long list of caterpillar and letter “C” activities, too.
- Guess How Much I Love You read by author Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. Visit Kelly’s Homeschool Parent Blog for a round up of great activity ideas to go along with this book.
- Green Eggs and Ham read by celebrity Rachael Ray and written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Love all things Dr. Seuss? You must Visit obSEUSSed! It’s a fan blog that collects an online library of Dr. Seuss things. Want Green Eggs and Ham sight word practice activity? Check out her egg matching craft idea.
- Tickle Monster read by author Josie Bisset and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie read by author Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Visit Izzie, Mac and Me for some inspirational ideas to use with the book. I have to warn you though, You’ll get lost in there once you go. She’s got tons of materials and a fantastic Pinterest page too.
- Splish, Splash, Splat! read by celebrity Molly Ringwald and written and illustrated by Rob Scotton. Get teaching ideas for this book from a fantastic bilingual classroom teacher named Mrs. Castro (and she’s right here in Illinois!)
- Charlie the Ranch Dog read by author Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat. Check out Jackie Castle’s Blog for a long list of reading and writing activities to go along with this book and a few handy links.
- Strega Nona read by author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. Linda Kamp in Arizona has a wonderful blog called Around the Kampfire. Check out her fantastic page with tons of Stega Nona ideas and a few freebies.
- The Polar Express read by author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Primary Graffiti blog has a great Polar Express Day printable that is free to download.
- Where the Wild Things Are read by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Visit Mrs. Hawk’s blog for creative writing activities and a mask project.
- Olivia read by Ana Gasteyer, and written by author Ian Falconer.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day read by author Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.
- Smash, Crash! read by author Jon Scieszka illustrated by Dave Shannon, Lauren Long, and Dave Gordon.
Have a Kindle? Learn about Amazon’s Immersion Reading service that adds narration with highlighting in books. It’s available in select children’s books in conjunction with Audible.
Please add a comment below if you’ve got additional free activities that go along with these free read aloud books for kids. There are many creative parents and teachers out there making cute, crafty and educational activities for kids. If you are one of them, post a comment with a link. I would love to hear from you. Would you like to link to this page? Feel free, and post a comment! Happy reading, everybody!