The Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids 4-7

Girl reading in bed with her best read-aloud books

What was the last book you read that was so good you couldn’t put it down? If you’re anything like me, you stayed up until the wee hours just to finish the next chapter—and then walked around like a zombie the next day. You just couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. It’s no different for kids. Getting kids engrossed in an amazing story is a sure-fire way to get them excited about reading. But there’s one difference…

For most kids 4-7, their listening comprehension is often much higher than their reading comprehension. They can understand a higher level book when it’s read aloud that they wouldn’t be able to read on their own. This discrepancy can prevent some kids from being exposed to higher level books, with more interesting plots, at an early age. The more your child can become engrossed in a fantastic story—that you can have a conversation about—the better.

Here are my top picks for the 30 never-fail, all-time, Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids 4-7:
  1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamilleBecause of Winn-Dixie
    by Kate DiCamillo
  2. Beezus and Ramona
    by Beverly Cleary
  3. Cricket in Times Square
    by Garth Williams
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    by Jeff Kinney
  5. Frindle
    by Andrew Clements
  6. Frozen
  7. Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. EastmanGo, Dog. Go!
    by P.D. Eastman
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    by J.K. Rowling
  9. Holes
    by Louis Sachar
  10. Horton Hears a Who
    by Dr. Seuss
  11. James and the Giant Peach
    by Roald Dahl
  12. The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    by C.S. Lewis
  13. Little House on the Prairie series
    by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  14. The Lorax
    by Dr. Seuss
  15. The Magic Tree House series
    by Mary Pope Osborne
  16. Mercy Watson series
    by Kate DiCamillo
  17. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
    by Beverly Cleary
  18. Mr. Popper's PenguinsMr. Popper’s Penguins
    by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
  19. Oggie Cooder
    by Sarah Weeks
  20. The One and Only Ivan
    by Katherine Applegate
  21. Peter Pan
  22. The Secrets of Droon series
    by Tony Abbott
  23. Stuart Little by E.B. WhiteStuart Little
    by E.B. White
  24. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    by Judy Blume
  25. The Trumpet of the Swan
    by E.B. White
  26. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    by L. Frank Baum
  27. Wonder
    by R.J. Palacio
  28. Matilda
    by Roald Dahl

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