You know why I read aloud to my kids? Because it makes me happy.
Sure, it builds their vocabulary, exposes them to great literature, creates wonderful bedtime routines, and gives us anchors in our day. But the reason reading aloud has endured for so many years in our family is that it simply makes me happy.
We usually have two books going with our kids. I read one in the morning and Russ reads one at bedtime. With everyone growing up, these days we’re reading to Ebenezer and Wogauyu.
Russ and the boys began a new series last night, The Wingfeather Saga.
When we homeschooled (for 23 years) it was easy to fit my reading time in the day, now it’s a stretch to find a few minutes before the boys race down the driveway to the bus. Thankfully, Wogauyu, in particular, loves our reading time so sometimes we find extra pockets of time for a chapter.
Being book lovers, we were determined our children would be too. Adding audiobooks to our family library has been a helpful solution for our reluctant readers who find reading to be more challenging.
I’m slowly building our library through our Audible membership and watch the daily Audible deals, sharing the best ones on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page. We love it.
Having been parents for so many years, there are books we’ve read aloud two, or even three, times because we love them so much and don’t want any of our kids to miss them.
When I mentioned this on FB, a reader asked which books were loved enough to make our “read again” list.
I surveyed Russ and the kids to refresh my memory and created this incomplete and in no-particular-order list.
I must add a disclaimer. It’s been a long time since I’ve read some of these books. Please read the reviews and select books based on your preferences, beliefs, children’s maturity, and needs. I’m adept at editing as I read and have no problem leaving out inappropriate scenes, words, and concepts, on the fly. I’ve been known to cut full pages if I don’t like what I see, but I’ll still read a book if the rest of it is fabulous.
(Some of) Our Favorite Read Alouds
When I was homeschooling Eby and Wogauyu, we read through this series; I loved sharing it with my children one last time. We read all but the last two which focus on Laura and Almanzo after they’re married and have children of their own. The boys favorite, and most loved by many of my grown children is Farmer Boy.
It would be difficult for me to express how much I love these books. We’ve read through this series several times. It was very important to me to read these to my youngest boys and I’m happy to say that we’re currently reading The Last Battle. The Horse and His Boy and so many of the other books have helped me through many times in my life. The bracelet I wear every day is a quote from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “Courage, Dear Heart.”
Just a little trivia, Carol Ryrie Brink was born in Moscow, Idaho and her pink, victorian house is on a street where I often walk our dog.
We have a fond family memory of being so drawn in by this book that we read late into the night, unable to stop until the conclusion of the book. There are some mature themes (harems, etc), but well worth dealing with, in my opinion.
Edited 12/13/17: Two additions to my list!
We just finished Holes and Wogayu loved it.
I ordered this book to wrap up 2017 and start us off on 2018. The Audible edition is also available at a great price.
On Our List to Read Aloud
A Wrinkle in Time (series) – Madeline L’Engle
I went through a Madeline L’Engle reading blitz many years ago and have read many (maybe most?) of her books. For some unexplained reason, we have never read this aloud to our kids. I would love to read it again and share it with the boys.
Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry – Mildred Taylor
We have this on Audible and we might like to experience the book with the kids rather than read it to them. I need to choose a time when we can discuss and process it together.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Believe it or not, I have not yet read the Harry Potter books. I’ve been waiting for the boys to grow old enough to read them aloud. Last summer I read a review of the Audible editions of the series and was convinced that hearing them read by Jim Dale would be a great experience. I decided to begin purchasing them, one book a month, with our Audible membership credits. This June we’re driving to Minnesota and I plan to have a Harry Potter Audible marathon with the kids!
Do you enjoy reading aloud? What are your family favorite read alouds? There are so many amazing books, I had a hard time narrowing down my list.
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