15 Great Read Aloud Books for Older Kids Brightly

Best Read Aloud Books for 4th Grade Books and Activities

Last Girl Standing by Lisa Jackson

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The best of friends...

In the Portland suburb of West Knoll, Delta and her friends were the pretty, popular elite of the high school. That was fifteen years and a whole lifetime ago. Even then, backstabbing and betrayal erupted among the women in the group, a trio of which are now gathered around a hospital bed. And most of it revolved around the man lying close to death before them...

Until the day...

To Delta, it feels as if a nightmare unfolds every time they get together. It started at their senior year graduation party when a group of daredevils led by Tanner slipped under the safety rope and tumbled into the dangerous, fast-flowing river. One of their cliques died following his lead. It all seemed spontaneous at the time. A thoughtless deed. But since then, there have been more deaths, more “accidents.” And the question hovers, unspoken: who’s next?

They die...

As the body count rises, Detective Chris McCrae, one of Delta’s classmates and a long-ago friend of Tanner’s, realizes that stopping the terror means digging deep into the past. Hidden beneath the conflicting stories, gossip, and scandalous half-truths are secrets that someone will kill again and again to protect—until there is no one left to tell...

A Drop of Midnight by Jason Diakité

A Drop of Midnight by Jason DiakitéWorld-renowned hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family’s history—from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.

Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds—part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man’s-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.

In A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. His ancestors’ origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents’ struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.

What unfolds in Jason’s remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now.

What It Seems by Emily Bleeker

What It Seems by Emily BleekerA page-turning novel of suspense about the perfect family, and the perfect lies, by the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and The Waiting Room.

Adopted by her controlling foster mother at the age of eight, twenty-year-old Tara has seen little of the outside world. Lonely, punished for the slightest offense, her only distraction comes from watching the Feely family’s online videos. They’re an affectionate vlogging quintet and an internet sensation. Most important, they are Tara’s mental refuge. Then the opportunity arises for them to be something more. When Tara accepts an internship with the close-knit clan, they’re her escape.

Daring to run away, and defying Mother’s rules, Tara is welcomed into the loving fold. But the more Tara gets to know them, the more she realizes that not everything is as it seems. As secrets slowly surface, the image of the perfect family begins to crack. For Tara, it’s another trap.

To claim a life of her own, she’ll need a new escape plan. Because as the show’s popularity explodes, reaching even more fascinated viewers, Tara can’t shake the feeling that Mother is among their ranks. She’s watching. She’s waiting. She’ll never let her go.

Let's Mountain Bike! by Paul Molenberg

Let's Mountain Bike! by Paul MolenbergEnter for a chance to win one of ten signed copies of LET’S MOUNTAIN BIKE! THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MOUNTAIN BIKING by Paul Molenberg.

Are you tired of the long winter and yearn for better weather and getting outdoors? Well, that time is coming. For those that are interested in cycling, and mountain biking in particular, what better way to prepare than to get all the information you need in one compilation?

Let’s Mountain Bike! stands out as the most comprehensive book ever written on the sport of mountain biking. Detailed information is provided for all of the important facets, including purchasing the right bike, upgrades, accessorizing, bike set-up, skills training, becoming a successful climber, fitness training, trail dangers, trail etiquette, and much more.

Presented with clear and understandable explanations and visuals, the information is easy to digest and apply. Everyone from the complete beginner to the more advanced rider will benefit from the depth and variety of advice and tips revealed in Let’s Mountain Bike! It’s an indispensable guide for those looking to maximize their performance and become their best.

Thousands of trails are waiting... so Let’s Mountain Bike!

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

Nat Enough by Maria ScrivanMaking friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder! Enter for a chance to win an advance reader's copy of Maria Scrivan's debut contemporary (and hilarious) middle-grade graphic novel, NAT ENOUGH!

The Seaside Cafe by Rochelle Alers

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Set on breathtaking Coates Island, off the coast of North Carolina, bestselling author Rochelle Alers’ new series debut brings together three book-loving women whose summer will offer a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould

Perfect Tunes by Emily GouldEnter to win an advance copy of Perfect Tunes, the breakout novel from Emily Gould, “an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation.” —STEPHANIE DANLER . Perfect Tunes is a story of music and motherhood, ambition and compromise—of life, in all its dissonance and harmony.

The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

The Killing Fog by Jeff WheelerThe Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.

Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.

Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.

Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

The Man Who Ran Washington by Peter Baker

The Man Who Ran Washington by Peter Baker*GALLEY GIVEAWAY*

From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III: the man who ran Washington when Washington ran the world.

“Nobody was better at getting things done than James A. Baker. In a book that is at once fascinating, coolly revealing, and at moments touching, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser have given us a biography worthy of one of the most important figures of the late American Century. If you want to understand power in Washington—or anywhere, for that matter—this is the book for you.”
—Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, authors of The Wise Men

The Shattered Portrait by Alice Quinn

The Shattered Portrait by Alice QuinnWhen one of the wealthiest and most hated men on the French Riviera is murdered, finding his killer becomes a privilege—and a danger.

It’s a Mediterranean winter in 1888. Though Cannes glistens, it’s darker behind closed doors. A real estate crisis has ripped through the city’s storied fortunes, upending lives. Courtesan Lola Deslys has survived the ruins unscathed…until she’s drawn into the desperation of a former, and unfaithful, acquaintance. With the threat of debtors’ prison hanging over her head, Lola’s latest client is running out of time and luck.

Her client has solicited Lola to reclaim an incriminating contract from the ruthless banker at the heart of the crisis. Many want to see the swindler dead, and when he’s found murdered, everyone is a suspect—including one of Lola’s closest friends. The only clue to finding the real killer: a shattered portrait. The only hope: to follow its pieces through the back alleys and deadly deceptions of the belle époque.

In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

In An Instant by Suzanne RedfearnA deeply moving story of carrying on even when it seems impossible.

Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.

Impossible choices are made, decisions that leave the survivors tormented with grief and regret. Unable to let go, Finn keeps vigil as they struggle to reclaim their shattered lives. Jack, her father, who seeks vengeance against the one person he can blame other than himself; her best friend, Mo, who bravely searches for the truth as the story of their survival is rewritten; her sister Chloe, who knows Finn lingers and yearns to join her; and her mother, Ann, who saved them all but is haunted by her decisions. Finn needs to move on, but how can she with her family still in pieces?

Heartrending yet ultimately redemptive, In an Instant is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and carrying on…even when it seems impossible.

Cheater's Game by Paul Levine

Cheater's Game by Paul Levine
Jake Lassiter Tackles the College Admissions Scandal.

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Rich parents will pay anything to get their kids into college...

For a price, Kip Lassiter can get a perfect score on any test...

And Kip's heartbroken uncle Jake must defend an unwinnable case.

"CHEATER'S GAME is a top-notch tale from Paul Levine, and his Lassiter is my kind of lawyer!" -Michael Connelly, author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER

"Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side and on the page." -Lee Child

The Photographer's Saga - The Beginning of the Road by Petra Durst-Benning

The Photographer's Saga - The Beginning of the Road by Petra Durst-BenningFrom the bestselling author of The Glassblower Trilogy comes an inspiring historical saga of a female photographer who must defy convention to live her dreams in turn-of-the-century Germany.

In 1905, on her twenty-sixth birthday, Mimi Reventlow receives a marriage proposal from the vicar of her family’s church. But a future of housework, childcare, and servicing a parish doesn’t appeal to the restless and unconventional Mimi. She has ambitions of her own—to follow in the footsteps of her beloved uncle Josef and become a traveling photographer. Leaving behind all that has been mapped out for her, Mimi dares to pursue her passion and sets out alone to make her own mark.

A visit to her ailing uncle in the idyllic mountain town of Laichingen, Germany, pauses Mimi’s journey. Here, among provincialism and rejection, she struggles to find her place within a vibrant but wary community. But Mimi’s resilience is only strengthened by adversity. Her courage is indomitable. Maybe here, among surprising kindred spirits and longing hearts, in a place she never expected, Mimi’s dreams might be coming into focus.