Miss Tara's Table

What's on your bookshelf?

Literacy is the key to building receptive (understanding language) and expressive language connections! The best thing you can do to help your child learn, grow and develop strong literacy skills is to ensure he/she acquires a love of reading. Reading together will also help speech development, enhance kids’ vocabulary, teach children how to pronounce new words and help older students understand grammar and accurate sentence structure.


Create strong listening skills, increase attention spans and help your child’s imagination, curiosity and creativity soar! Go ahead – grab a good book and bond with your child over far away lands, funny characters, historical events or any topic that sounds interesting.


If you want some great ideas for read aloud books with your children, here are some of the favorite books out there for all different ages.



Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

What’s Up, Duck? By Tad Hills

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle



Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle


Kindergarten/1st Grade

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? By

Steve Jenkins

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman

Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


2nd Grade/3rd Grade

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

How to Be Cool in Third Grade by Betsy Duffy

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


4th Grade/5th Grade

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

Superfudge by Judy Blume

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The City of Ember by by Jeanne Duprau