In 2017 I started a new read aloud routine with my older boys (ages 5 & 6). We have always read books at bedtime, but we have mainly read simple children’s books and Dr. Seuss. I decided the older boys were ready for more advanced chapter books.
After the younger 2 boys go to bed, our older 2 and I read a chapter or two from our book. I love to read, and it is sooo fun to share that love and the adventures with my boys. We have laughed together and cried together. It is so fun to see them develop a love of reading.
What we read in 2017:
Summer of the Monkeys – This was a great story to start off with. It is exciting, but not too complicated for the boys. After we read the book, we watched the Disney movie, but the movie is quite a bit different from the book.
Charlotte’s Web – The boys and I loved this book. It is detailed and fun with a lesson and an emotional ending.
Stuart Little – This was fun, but not our favorite.
The Trumpet of the Swan – I had never heard of this book, but we really enjoyed it.
Magic Tree House– Conner brought home a few of these from his school library. They are very simple. It only took us a few days to get through each book. The boys enjoyed the stories, but they are very simple. Perfect for an early reader to start reading chapter books.
Our Read Aloud List for 2018:
I asked friends for recommendations and bought a few books to start off our reading this year.
My Father’s Dragon (a 3 book series): We started this one after Christmas. It is a very simple, unique adventure, and we are loving it.
Wonder: This book might be a little advanced for my boys, but I have heard so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try this year.
The Indian in The Cupboard (3 book series): I remember reading this series as a kid, and I loved it. I think it will be the perfect adventure for the boys and I.
The Box Car Children 1-12 : I purchased the Kindle version of this set when it was on sale for only a few dollars. I have heard great things about it, but I don’t think I have ever read the series.
Do you have any great read aloud recommendations? I would love to hear them!