Read-Aloud Classics

Looking for your next great bedtime story? Many beloved classic novels can actually make perfect read-alouds for children as young as 5. Typically children’s comprehension is years ahead of reading skill. Reading more advanced literature aloud to children teaches vocabulary and helps them to become more confident readers. Why pass up an opportunity to expose your child to great literature?

These read-aloud classics are some of my childhood favorites, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Peter Pan Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Charlotte's Web Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Borrowers The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green


  1. I remember loving Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Pippi Longstocking very much! 🙂

  2. That is one awesome line up. I recently got on kindle the Anne Chronicles. Its all the Anne of Green Gables books in one edition. I love that series, but was astounded to find it so cheap on Amazon. Due to its ages of course, so now I don’t have to borrow them from my sister. LOL I think the only book I haven’t read here is Rick Riordan, but I have a few of his so on the list. Thanks for being a great host on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheers Julie

  3. LOVE your list. We also loved Cricket in Times Square and anything by Roald Dahl.

  4. Yes, I love all of these on this list – perfect for bedtime reading. Pippi Longstocking is always a favorite, and we also like Roald Dahl and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!

  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    I totally agree with you regarding how advanced kids are in their comprehension versus their reading ability. I’ve always marvelled out how my son could keep up when I read books intended more for my daughter’s age. Of course, maybe his attention does waiver at some points! I really like your list and it has me thinking that I think the kids would particular enjoy Alice in Wonderland. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 🙂

  6. SUCH great stories in this post. I was introduced to Anne of Green Gables when my older sister read it for her fifth grade class. I immediately read it as well, and we both begged our mom until she bought us the entire series. There are quite a few, actually. We still have them at home, and I read through the whole series again in college 🙂

    Thanks for hosting yet again!

  7. Hello!
    Thank you so much for linking up on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!
    This looks like a fantastic book, and I hope to check it out soon.
    Happy Thursday!

  8. Great line up! I’m trying to plug these classics into my kids. They’re all so wonderful.

  9. You should add Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Tom Sawyer.

  10. Love these! And the other suggestions PLUS Chronicles of Narnia especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  11. My son and I live in Minnesota and come from Walnut Grove. He really enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books (at age 3). We even went to the museum in Walnut Grove to add to the readings.

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