Stefan is not quite five and this was our first year to really get into read aloud chapter books. We thoroughly enjoyed our read aloud times and I am looking forward to making this an even more important part of our day in this coming year.
We’ve experimented a lot in how we do it. Changed the time of day, setting, etc. I’d love to hear your thoughts on when and how you include read aloud times. So far, we have loved it, but I am still in experimental stage when it comes to the details of making it happen during the day. So bring on the ideas!
Here is what we read this year.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White that doesn’t need a description. What child doesn’t love a talking pig, spider, and of course the rat? This is a fun story that definitely engaged my children.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater was a hilarious read. We laughed a lot while reading this book, and my kids will forever love Penguins I think! The silly Penguins, and the somewhat crazy Mr. Popper is a winner for any child!
Two Times the Fun by Beverly Cleary was not our favorite read aloud, but it was fairly easy to read as it was four individual stories, rather than one long story. The kids enjoyed the funny stories,but I think I was more in classic mode so it didn’t quite meet that level. However, if you are wanting something lighter and fun, this will do the trick!
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne was a hit this year. I was actually surprised at how much both kids got into the original stories. It definitely gave us all a love for dear old Pooh, and he will forever have a special spot in our hearts. We can’t wait to read Pooh’s other adventures!
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl was a favorite! Dahl has an exceptional imagination and from the very first page drew Stefan into the story. It was funny, engaging, and completely unrealistic. A perfect story for kids. We also learned quite a bit about insects as he cleverly included real facts about the insects as part of the story. It is difficult to tell you how much Stefan loved this book. He frequently asked me to read a little longer, and would bring it to me at different times in the day to read another chapter. There is a little language in the book that I didn’t want being repeated, but it was easy to switch some words out as I was reading aloud.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. I was surprised how into this Stefan got. I didn’t know if he was too young, but nobody is too young for a good story, I think. He could not wait for Aslan to appear on the scene and while he mostly just enjoyed the story, I was surprised at some of the underlying themes he pulled out himself. The other factor that contributed to him loving this story was that this was a story Daddy read to us. Most read alouds I read during the day, but this was our family one and it made it very special. This particular read-aloud edition our library had was a really nice one.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White was a winner in Stefan’s book. Whether it was because it was about a boy out in the wilderness, the sweetness of the swan, or just the fact the E. B. White knows how to write for children, I don’t know. But he loved this and was taken with the story. It also caused us to search online for recordings of how the trumpet swan sounds!
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. You will be endeared to the little bear from page one. We have laughed so much through all the antics Paddington gets himself into. It has also inspired some reenacting of some of our favorite scenes. A fun book full of silliness that we all loved. WE are excited to read the rest of his adventures!
In addition to these, we listened to lots of stories (some of which I told you about in the gift guide for children), and read hundreds of picture books.
I’d love to hear your suggestions for great read alouds. I’m making plans for next year!
What books have you enjoyed with your kids this year?
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