The best read-aloud books are the ones that delight both you and your child.
If a book bores you - if it doesn't capture your interest at all - you can be pretty sure your child's going to find it boring too!
Not only that, he or she will pretty quickly realise that you aren't having fun reading and may decide reading is a boring chore, rather than the magical, enjoyable experience it can be.
On the other hand, a great read-aloud book will be fun for you to read, even if you're reading it for the hundredth time!
If it's a picture book, the illustrations will be full of wonderful detail that make them fantastic to look at together. In any case, the story will be captivating and the language will be rich and imaginative.
There are many, many books for children available in book shops and libraries and it can be quite bewildering to look at them all and wonder which ones to choose, especially if you're a new parent or if you don't often buy books for children.
On this page, you'll find some general guidelines about choosing read-aloud books for different age groups plus some recommendations of the books I think are among the best books for each age group.
Choosing Read-Aloud Books
Let's start with the easy part. A lot depends on the age of the child: