Bob Topp of The Hermitage Bookshop

Locate 1559 (and growing) great read aloud stories for students and children!

Welcome to Read Me a Story, Ink. An outgrowth of my 25-year hobby of reading aloud in the public schools and my 44 years as a bookseller, Read Me a Story, Ink is offered for the use of teachers, educators, parents or anyone who enjoys reading to children. At readmeastoryink.com you will find both printable and audio stories by award winning authors, numerous recommended reading lists for various ages, links to other wonderful and diverse children’s sites, and  an index of over 1500 short stories perfect for reading aloud. Enjoy!

My philosophy: Reading aloud is one of the absolute nicest activities for adults and children to share. It creates warm bonds, opens a child's mind to new ideas, forms topics of discussion thus keeping lines of communication open and creates a positive role model for the child to become a lifetime reader.

A note on grade levels: The grade rating that appears on each entry assumes that the story is being read aloud. Since listening level is one or two years above reading level, a grade 5 story on this list may, though not necessarily, be a little difficult for your fifth grader to read on their own.

Picture Books: The books on the “Great Picture Books” page is a genuine “people’s choice” list which includes titles from my personal collection as well as favorites from teachers, parents, children and children’s librarians. Bon appetite!

A note to authors: If you are the author, illustrator or copyright holder of any of the stories in this index, please contact me here. I am seeking permission to reprint, record and make available on this web site the stories on this list. —Robert Topp, proprietor, The Hermitage Bookshop