It’s still January so I can still post a recap post from last year, right? Here’s a quick look at what I read aloud to the kids this year. I feel like I’m missing a few but this is what I have recorded anyway!
In addition to the 49 books I read this past year, I read these 22 books to the kids:
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sebastian Bach: The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler
Abel’s Island by William Steig
Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevensn
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (the original)
The World of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales by Amy Ehrlich
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
My thoughts on reading aloud this year.
The first several months of the year Stefan was in a local school and we were adjusting to life with four children. Honestly, it was very hard. So if you have kids in school and still manage to read aloud a lot, hats off to you. I found it very difficult.
The second half of the year not only were we in a better groove with life as a family of six, Stefan also was done with school and we officially began homeschooling. (Yay!) With homeschooling, we find it much easier to read aloud.
Because I still have young children (they were 6, 4, 3, and infant this past year) I also spend a lot of time reading quality picture books and poetry (especially nursery rhymes). These are books that aren’t on any list, but do make up a big part of our day.
My thoughts going forward.
I’m excited about this coming year. We are in a better groove as far as our routine and I have hopes for a wonderful year. We are, however, welcoming baby number five in March and since this baby and our previous baby are so close together I know this is going to be a big adjustment and a lot of lost sleep. In short, I’m hopeful but also realizing that life takes twists and turns and sometimes you just have to roll with it, know what I mean?
However, any reading is a bonus in my book. I rather be happy and encouraged by what we have done than look at the vast amounts of literature that we haven’t covered. My kids are young and we have many more years of reading aloud that I look forward to.
So here’s to a wonderful year of reading!
What have you been reading to your kids lately?