Once Upon a Time: A Reading List for K-2

If you are anything like me you are always on the look-out for a good book to read to your little ones. We love a good story with rich or funny pictures. I have a number of online sources I use for book recommendations, but I tired of constantly returning to various websites looking for new titles. I decided that I wanted to compile a reading list into one document. Then I decided since I was going to the trouble, that I should just make it a pretty checklist and share it with everyone else.

So without further ado, here is Once Upon a Time: A List of Read Aloud Ideas for K-2. My part of this project simply involved compiling titles from my favorite web sites: Teaching the Classics, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Five in a Row, and Angelicum Academy. The genius behind the selections is all theirs. I will take credit for the genius of the little check box beside each title.

A few notes:

  • This was quite the undertaking, and the electronic sorting process I used grouped all of the titles starting with “the” under the Ts. This aggravates me to no end, but not enough for me to go back and manually sort them. So there you go. If it really bothers you, I am sorry.
  • If you find a mistake, please let me know so I can fix it. Once again, many books, few brain cells.
  • Finally, I do have a grades 3-6 book list in the works. Hope to have it up here soon.



  • Jen says:

    Thanks for this great reading list! Not to throw another source your way, but we have been working our way through the “Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading” list. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Jocelyne says:

    Awesome! I’ll be printing this oe for sure. I’ve been wanting to add books to our home shelves and this will come in handy 🙂 Looking forward to the next installment for 3-6.

  • Jenny says:

    Nothing makes me happier than a book list! Thank you for taking the time to put it together.

  • Erin says:

    Awesome, awesome! I can imagine what a massive job this was!!

  • Pam,
    This is awesome. Printing right now. Thank you so much.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness! This is amazing!! I’ve been meaning to do this myself but I’m not near as computer savvy as you are! Thank You so much for this great resource and I really do look forward to the 3-6th list Sarah says you plan to post. I can’t wait! Thank you again and again!

  • fancyrock says:

    got it printed out already—thanks so much!!! What a blessing to have such an organized list! –Becky

  • katieh says:

    thank you for this! my 4 year old son has switched to chapter books at night and it’s hard to keep up with him and his dad finding chapter books that are suitable and engaging to read. they just finished farmer boy and little house on the prairie and loved them both.

  • WOO HOO!! Loving this! I’m thankful for your brain cells. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Thank you for sharing this list, I’ll be printing it out right away!

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