Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Top Ten Stories To Read Aloud To Your Kids

1. The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

2. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

3. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

4. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler by EL Konigsburg

5. Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

6. Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

7. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

8. The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

9. The Mouse and the Motorcycle/Runaway Ralph collection by Beverly Cleary

10. Charlotte's Web by EB White

With Christmas coming, my mind is on gifts that will make a difference and not end up in the bag of junk we're getting rid of months later. I had the thought of buying copies of these or other great read alouds, wrapping them up and including an official looking certificate promising to read the books aloud in the coming year. That's a gift that keeps on giving!

I have a friend who takes each of her four boys on a special date on their birthday and let's them get a hot chocolate and pick a book out. She hopes this will inspire a love of reading in her boys' lives. I love this idea!

For other resources for great read alouds, check out Chinaberry catalog (The book Under The Chinaberry Tree is a great one to read for further suggestions and inspiration.) Veritas press, Sonlight Curriculum (both these catalogs offer great read aloud selections you can order) and the books by Cay Gibson, Literature Alive and Picture Perfect Childhood. Cay's books really got me going on this pursuit of reading aloud. I need to get back to it... I've not done as well with this as I've been working on my own books and the kids have been in school. A good goal for 2011, perhaps??
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kareng said...

I love, love, love thr read aloud suggestion. I started that with some Lamplighter books a couple of years ago and got out of the habit. Our children love books and get them for most special occasions. But I loved having them lying on the floor while I read to them before bed, so much better than turning on the TV. Thanks for the great titles and sits. Yes a new goal for 2011! Blessings,

Zibilee said...

I just had a discussion with another reader about Charlotte's Web, and she was surprised at how different the book seems to her now, as an adult. She mentioned the fact that there were a lot of similarities in terms of the way we raise our children both at that time and today, and made it a point to talk about how Charlotte's parents would not dream of letting her go to the fair alone (even though the 50's seemed to be a safer time). This is a great list, by the way!

Ruth said...

We have just started back into read a louds again this week. It has been too long! I am reading Charlotte's Webb to my two youngest but the older two seem to always have their noses in other books! It's nice to be reading together again. Definitely something you can esily drift out of the habit of doing. But well worth jumping back in again.