14 Amazing Kids Book Read Alouds

Published 11 months ago

It's World Read Aloud Day 2020! While most of the time we prefer reading with children in person and from physical books, there are some AMAZING recorded read alouds available online. These are some of our favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When it comes to classic children’s books, you can’t get more classic than Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar . And who better to do a read aloud of the classic tale than the creator himself! This is a real treat to listen to Eric Carle do a read aloud of his most well known story.

The Hula Hoopin’ Queen

If you’re not familiar with Story Online yet, you should check it out. It’s a very neat site from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation that has amazing read alouds from wonderful storytellers. In this video, Oprah Winfrey delights in a read aloud of The Hula Hoopin’ Queen.

Elbow Grease

These days you don’t have to be a wrestling fan to know who John Cena is. Along with a successful career as a professional wrestler, he’s also an actor and even an author of multiple children’s books! In this video, he does a fun read aloud of his story Elbow Grease.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

If you grew up loving Shel Silverstein’s poetry and are excited to pass along that love to your children, here is a short but tender read aloud of one of his most beloved poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends .

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is a read aloud gem from the White House with JK Rowling reading a section from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone .

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Here’s a timeless read aloud of Beatrix Potter’s classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit .

The Gruffalo

A superb read aloud of The Gruffalo by Alan Mandel.

The Rainbow Fish

Another terrific read aloud from Storyline Online, The Rainbow Fish is read by Ernest Borgnine.

Wolfie the Bunny

KidLit TV is another provider of delightful video content in the children’s literature space. In this quirky read aloud, the author and illustrator of Wolfie the Bunny , Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora, share their funny and original story.

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket

If you didn’t know already, rapping children’s books is a thing—and quite entertaining! As you might expect, Dr. Seuss stories lend themselves quite well to rap. Here’s a popular rap read-aloud of There’s a Wocket in my Pocket .


To coincide with the theater release of Paddington, cast members, including [] and [], read extensive portions of A Bear Called Paddington in this delightful read aloud.

The Snowy Day

Here’s a gem we recently discovered: a read aloud from LeVar Burton of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved children’s book The Snowy Day .

The Story of Ferdinand and Oh, the Place You’ll Go!

Read alouds of two classics—The Story of Ferdinand and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!—round out the list.

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