This is my monthly round up of longer (100+ pages) read-alouds that I read to the kids.
The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley is a perfect book for a young girl. I’m not saying boys wouldn’t like it (and there are non pink editions, but this was the beautiful hard cover Olivia got as a gift). This is one that I read with just Olivia and it was perfect for her. (Actually, her Mimi read the first 10 chapters with her and I took over when she left.) These stories are very gentle and portray a simple, ideal life of early 20th century life in England. This is a great early read-aloud as each individual story could stand alone. That is something that is helpful when teaching kids to make the transition to longer books. We have since found some additional individual stories in the library, but this seems to be the basic collection of most of Brisley’s Milly Molly Mandy stories. Highly recommend as an early read-aloud and for young girls.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder was another hit in our home. Our family is continuing to love this series. This book is full of adventure about building their life on the prairie. The kids were captivated. One thing to note about this book is that there is a lot of prejudice against the Indians. While this was common for the time period, there are some pretty shocking statements and they need to be discussed with children. The kids and I (especially Stefan) had some really excellent discussions on prejudice, how we still see it today, and reasons why they might have felt like they did. Stefan had some really insightful thoughts. I’ve been hearing bits and pieces from the book in the children’s play and work. There are some really great moments in this book, but just be prepared for some important discussions as well!
The Saturdays is the first book in the Melendy Family Quartet by Elizabeth Enright. It’s a delightful read about four siblings living in New York City. The sibling relationship, the freedom to roam around the city by themselves, the personality differences, the mishaps, and much more make this a real winner for a family read aloud. I would not recommend this book if you are new to read-alouds or if your child is really young simply because the chapters are quite long (we sometimes split them up). The story is about the Melendy kids pooling their allowance in order to have more money to do something exciting. They each get to pick their Saturday and you’ll visit an art gallery, an opera, a circus and more with them! Very fun! We’re looking forward to reading the rest of the series, but probably not until we get back to America is they aren’t available in the library here.
We also read two collections of nursery rhymes. Olivia especially loves these, but of course we all enjoy them. I’m always fascinated by the slight differences in rhymes you find once you have read multiple collections. Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes illustrated by Axel Scheffler has very nice illustrations. The nursery rhymes are interrupted with short little stories of Mother Goose and her goslings. This led Olivia to really believe that a goose had written them so I’m not sure how I feel about that, but the collection is still very nice and complete. We also read Nursery Rhyme Treasury by Priscilla Lamont which is another solid collection. I consider nursery rhymes staples so we’re always reading bits of them even if we don’t always read through entire books at a time like we did this time.
What have you been reading with your kids lately?
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