Read with Me

For expectant parents, and for parents or guardians of children from birth to age six.

Program Descriptions

Read with Me is generally delivered in three 90-minute sessions, but can be adapted if two longer sessions are more realistic to maintain adequate attendance. The Vermont Humanities Council provides the facilitator and the sets of new children’s books at no cost to the host organization.

Book lists

All of book lists below include board books, classics, bedtime stories, and non-fiction. Tell your trainer which eight books you’d like to use in your sessions for Foundations of Early Literacy or Social Emotional Learning, and which three books in any Rhythm, Rhyme, or Repetition session.

Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition

Note: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition can be booked as a complete three-session series, or it can be booked as single or two-part sessions. In that case, you can choose which of the three sessions to host.

Session One Book List: RHYME

  • A House is a House For Me

  • Pigs Aplenty Pigs Galore

  • Piggy Pie Po

  • The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider

  • The Gruffalo

Session Three Book List: RHYTHM

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

  • Drummer Hoff

  • Old Black Fly

  • The Lady with the Alligator Purse

Session Two Book List: REPETITION

  • Go Sleep in Your Own Bed
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
  • The Little Red Hen
  • My Grandfather’s Coat
  • Who Took the Farmer’s Hat

Foundations of Early Literacy Book List

  • A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins
  • All the World (board book) by Liz Garton
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  • Flotsam by David Weisner
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  • Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • The Napping House (board book) by Audrey Wood
  • Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Woods
  • The Turn Around, Upside Down Alphabet Book
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Your eight Foundations of Early Literacy titles may include the following choices (while supplies last):

  • Friends
  • Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
  • Knuffle Bunny
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Mouse Paint
  • On Mother’s Lap                                  
  • Sheep in a Jeep (paperback)
  • The Snowy Day
  • Ten, Nine, Eight
  • Tomie’s Little Mother Goose
  • The Year at Maple Hill Farm
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Wemberly Worried
  • Where the Wild Things Are

Social Emotional Learning Book List

  • Friends
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?
  • I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear
  • Knufflebunny
  • On Monday When it Rained
  • On Mother’s Lap
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr (board book)
  • The OK Book
  • The Rough Patch by Brian Lies
  • Wemberly Worried
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
  • You Get What You Get

How to Book a Read with Me Series

  1. Browse the list of available trainers using the “View List of Facilitators” link below.
  2. Contact your chosen facilitator to discuss the timing and other details of the series.
  3. The facilitator will fill out the online request form to schedule the series.