Read-aloud books in 2014

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

James Herriot Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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 Boxcar Children, Surprise Island, The Yellow House Mystery, and Mystery Ranch by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Life of Fred: Apples and Life of Fred: Butterflies by Stanley F. Schmidt

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?


  1. We have been focusing on picture books, but we have the Life of Fred series and my 8-year-old reads it constantly. That is very exciting news about baby #5 – I hope that is a smooth birth and adjustment to life as a family of 7 for you!

  2. I am reading aloud Big Red Barn and Little Owl’s Night, plus lots of other board books. :-) I’m also sneaking in a little Frog & Toad because they’re my absolute favorite, and you can never start too young, right?!

    Do you have any favorite board book recommendations for the under-one-year crowd? :-)

  3. Oh wow ! I didn’t know you were expecting no 5 ! Congratulations ! I’ll be thinking and praying for you (we just had no 6, but our kids are a bit more spread out -the oldest is 10).

  4. Vanessa McQuinn says:

    I have been looking over your blog for good books for children. I get so discouraged when I go to the library and see so many books and seem to come home with books that I don’t even want to read to my daughter. They are so poorly written or they just don’t even make any sense. I don’t care if my child is only 2, I still want her to be able to read books that make sense. So, now that I have vented… I was actually writing to ask you when you started reading chapter books to your kids? And, do you have suggestions for toddler books?

    • It really depends on the child, but I think I started with Stefan at four. Olivia of course was younger because she just listened in. A good way to prepare for longer books is to start with longer picture books, then move to chapter books that have more individual stories in each chapter so that the kids don’t have to keep the connections from chapter to chapter, but it’s still about the same person. I’m reviewing this one soon, but Milly Molly Mandy is a great one for little girls. There are some really great picture books though so it’s good to have a healthy mix.

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