You've come to the right place for creating wonderful story times!

Rainy Day Grandparent and Family Stories Wild Kingdom
Trip Around the World Stories for All Seasons Fools, Tricksters and Simpletons
Girl Power! Books in Living Color Space Out
Buggy for Books Raise a Reader Read-Aloud Hints
Unlovable Love Stories Nothing but the Tooth Flower Power
Sick Day Stories
Toyland Express Math Magic
Patriotic Picks Big-Top Circus Stories Black History
Hooray for Hollywood Must-Reads by the Time You're 13 Happy Chinese New Year

For read-aloud recommendations for preschoolers, check out Russell's Book Basket.
For read-aloud recommendations for older kids, get Resuscitated.
For read-aloud recommendations chosen for the classroom, you're invited to The Chapman Awards.
For special storytime programs and fundraisers, come Raise a Reader.
For wonderful ideas for introducing and sharing poetry, stop by Poetry Presentations.
For books for future authors and illustrators, check outCreative Kids.
For brand new book recommendations, hit Don't Miss!
For not-so-oldies-but-very-goodies, build your collection at The Don't Miss Archives.

Story times are arranged by theme. Click on a theme for picture book suggestions and teaching hints. Please note: it was not my intention to list all books available on the subject. Instead, these lists share books that have ACTUALLY WORKED as great read-alouds for me and fellow readers and teachers! The crafts and activities and teaching hints have also been TRIED HERE ON PLANET EARTH! NOT JUST IN THEORY!!! Remember the motto of Planet Esme: teacher tested, kid approved. Ahhhhh...doesn't that feel good?

Titles are picture books aimed at kindergarten through third grade, unless otherwise specified. Look them over to determine how well they suit the ability of your child or group. Some titles are included even if they are recently out of print, because they are still readily available at public libraries.

So print up these lists for personal use with confidence! If you want to see the book covers or professional reviews, open the search window and browse. Don't forget to e-mail me with your success stories and suggestions, or requests for other themes.

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