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A Reading Resource for Kids, Parents, and Teachers


It’s Storytime!

Welcome to Read Me a Story, Ink: An outgrowth of my 31-year hobby of reading aloud in the public schools and my 50 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 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 1,763 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 to two years ahead of reading level, a grade 5 story on this list may be a little difficult for your fifth grader, though not necessarily.

Picture Books: The books on the Favorite 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
Robert Topp, proprietor, The Hermitage Bookshop