Read aloud time is so important for kids of all ages. There is so much information out there now about how important, cognitively and emotionally, it is to read books out loud to your kids. I have to say that even older kids still enjoy a good story that is read to them. I know families with young adult children who will still pick a book and read it together. A good non-fiction book might be a great way to go, too, when you have older children.
We always read stories to our kids when they were little, we have shelves of picture books to attest to that fact, but it wasn't until our oldest was in grade school that we started reading novels out loud to the whole crew. I'm so glad that we started incorporating this into our life! Even if it wasn't geared toward them, all the kids would listen to the story that was currently being read - no matter their age.
Here's a list of all of the books we've read aloud together as a
family over the past couple of years. There are links to Amazon for
each of them so you can see the reviews and you can order them through
my affiliate link. I will receive a small stipend if you purchase
anything, which helps me to keep the website up and running.
This is the list in the order that we have read them. I must say
so far, we haven't been disappointed in any of these books and I would
highly recommend all of them for your read aloud time. If there is a
movie that has been made from the book, we watch that after we are done
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
The War Within: A Civil War Story by Carol Matas
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy by Jean Craighead George (we read all three books!)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Julie's Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George
Julie by Jean Craighead George
Animal Farm by George Orwell (I read this to all of them. They still talk about this book!)
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (this was a family favorite)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Racso and the Rats of NIMH by Jane Leslie Conly
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
St Paul the Apostle by Mary Fabyan Wyndeatt
Crusader King by Susan Peek (This one has to be my favorite thus far!!!)
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Kateri Tekakwitha by Evelyn M Brown
St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus by August Derleth (this book and the next four were all read in conjunction with doing Catholic Schoolhouse Tour III)
St Francis of the Seven Seas by Albert J Nevins
St Martin de Porres by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
St Margaret Mary by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
The Little Flower by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
I hope that you've found one or two titles that may have peaked your interest. Any of these titles would be good to read to kids of all ages. I have taken books from various reading levels and read them to even the younger kids and they are just as engrossed in the story. If they don't understand something they will just ask and then we can discuss it.
I hope you'll continue, or consider starting, read aloud time in your home.
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