Friday, October 25, 2019

Freeform Friday: 36 of our Favorite Read-Aloud Children & YA Books

I love reading to my children.  When I get to introduce them to a new character or delightful story line, and see their faces light up as they get hooked, there's nothing like it!  

Studies have shown that more than simply conversing with your child, the best way to help children develop word mastery and grammatical understanding, is to read to them. 
With that in mind, here are a few books & series that we have enjoyed reading to our kiddos.  Some are suitable for older or younger readers and others are for just about anyone.
Have fun perusing!

(And just in case you'd like a more in-depth look, 
I've linked up any that have been reviewed on the blog.)  

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
So creative and awesomely illustrated... 

I Like Myself
A great message with kooky, colorful illustrations... 

The Crayon Box that Talked
A great way to teach acceptance and the importance of diversity...

The Book with No Pictures
Get ready to delight your children with some fairly
ridiculous noises.

The Emperor of Absurdia
The illustrations and alliteration are my favorite part...

The Velveteen Rabbit
I adored this one.  Such a great experience to read aloud.  

Eight Animals on the Town

La Princesa and the Pea
This book is maravillosa!

Alma y Como Obtuvo su Nombre
I prefer to read this one in Spanish (it's just so pretty!), 
but there is an English version as well!

Remarkably You
A great way to encourage kids to be themselves!

Shel Silverstein ...just anything.
(Except the Giving Tree...that one makes me sad!)

Disclaimer:  This bunny freaks me out.

Caddie Woodlawn
My girls adored this read-aloud!

The Spiderwick Chronicles
My daughter re-read this series as soon as I finished reading them to her!

The Junie B. Jones series
Because everyone needs a little Junie B.

Sideways Stories of Wayside School

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
You might get a little choked up with this one!

The Little House Series
A classic read aloud!  
My little s and I are on "By the Shores of Silver Lake" right now.

Where the Red Fern Grows
This was read to me when I was in elementary school.  
The story never leaves you.

The Giver
My high school English teacher read this book aloud to the class 
(you are never to old to be read to) and it blew my mind.

Harry Potter Series

(because, duh).  The illustrated editions are pretty awesome too, 
though only 1-4 have been released right now!

Fablehaven Series
Another series that my kids have re-read since I read it to them...

The Percy Jackson Series
This series brings Greek Mythology to life in a whole new way!

Gallagher Girl Series
My older daughters loved Cammie Morgan and her kick butt spy stories.  
If you read them aloud, be prepared to practice a variety of teen voices.

Anne of Green Gables Series
I will say that the key to reading this one is skipping a good chunk
 of the shrubbery descriptions, as I suspect 
my mother did when she read them to me.

The Hunger Games Series
This is for the older set (Yes! You can still read to them).
Suzanne Collins is the queen of cliffhanger chapter endings.  

Where the Wild Things Are
Can't beat Maurice Sendak's illustrations. Perfection.

The Monster at the End of This Book
This book is particularly silly and young ones will love it.



The Little Prince

Fortunately the Milk

These 3 Singable Picture Books illustrated by David Catrow

 Better dust off those vocal chords and sing silly songs set to well-known melodies.

The Little House
Bound capture the attention of young and old.

We hope that you have found something exciting
 to read to your children!  

Feel free to share and have a happy Freeform Friday!

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