1. Motivate students to read
2. Build topical knowledge
2. Effective strategy for building the knowledge required for success in reading
"The selection of materials to be shared in read-aloud sessions is critically important." (Flemington, Hewins, Villiers, Journey to Literacy, p. 23)
Do you, for any reason, feel uncomfortable reading the book aloud? If you do, then select another book -- a book that you will enjoy sharing.
Nelson Literacy Kits at the Kindergarten level use the interactive read-aloud model. 4 picture books are included in every kit.
Or, do your own search for "read aloud*" and then limit by ages, fiction/non-fiction, date, and maybe writing style, or whatever your purpose is for reading the book aloud.
In this open access Choice Literacy article, Franki Sibberson describes her thinking as she works through possibilities for the all-important first read-aloud in her Grade ? (I'm guessing 3) classroom. The titles she considers are listed below.