Read to ‘em

I often say that 95% of my good parenting could be summed up in one phrase “Well that worked out!”.

When my kids were little and their dad was gone for work for very long stretches at a time I can remember tucking them into bed and sitting in the hallway reading them a chapter book, this was a normal that I could control and in turn help to give them something tangible that they could count on. This is something I have stuck with throughout the years. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl when my youngest was 4, thinking I would just start the routine…but to my surprise he was paying attention, understanding the story, remembering the characters.

As we all embark on this new normal, we have more time to be intentional with our kids and one way you can do that is to read to ’em. Reading to you children can improve concentration, vocabulary, and language skills. It can help them to develop their imagination and their empathy. Reading is also a great way to foster relationships.

I wanted to share some really great read aloud that have been some of our favorites over the years. You can read in the morning, or read before bed, maybe even while they eat lunch, just read! I have linked to Amazon so you can grab the one that catches your eye, they are on average $5.00 for a paperback, or check your local online library, with Overdrive, Libby, or Hoopla. Happy Reading!!

Great Books to Read Aloud

Roald Dahl was a phenomenal story teller with an amazing ability to create a world that you couldn’t help but fall into. Many of his books have been made into movies so we often will pick one of these to read so we have an excuse to have a family movie night. (look for the * next to those)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory *

Fantastic Mr. Fox *

Matilda*

BFG*

Esio Trot

James and the Giant Peach *

The Narnia Series is another great read aloud series that you can read written by C.S. Lewis. If you want to follow the read then movie road I would start with the order in which they were written:

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”
  4. The Horse and His Boy
  5. The Silver Chair
  6. The Last Battle
  7. The Magician’s Nephew

However if you want to read them in their internal chronology order I would try them like this:

  1. The Magician’s Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

Oldies by Goodies, these are some stories I have really enjoyed sharing with my kids from my youth. Some I have read to them and others I have given them to read.

Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary ( all of the Ramona books actually) *

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary *

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Super Fudge by Judy Blume

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White *

Stuart Little by E.B. White *

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Summer of Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett *

Mr. Poppers Penguins by Florence Atwater & Richard Atwater *

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (this is a super fun book that gives you a reason to make donuts with your kids)

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin

Here are a few books that are a little newer to the bookshelf, yet are completely “tall enough to ride this ride”

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

All Kate DiCamillo books:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt * (This would be perfect choice to give to a 6th grader or above )

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