As my children get older, I find that our family reading time is more and more valuable. Even as my older kids get to that age where they think they’re “too big” to listen to a story, I think they enjoy listening to me read even more that my littles do. I’ll start a book, even something young like Tomie DaPaola’s short chapter books, and slowly, I see them come into the living room. They busy themselves looking for something. They stop to tie their shoe. They get a glass of water and drink it very slooooowly. And then they just sit down and listen.
In the midst of their ever-busier worlds, a peaceful time to just sit and listen and imagine another place or time gives these older children some respite. And just because they’re beginning Algebra and learning chemistry doesn’t mean that their imaginations shouldn’t be inspired, that they should day dream and wonder and be inspired. I think they need this little vacations even more than before.
Here is a list of some of my favorites family read-alouds. Enjoy!
- The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
- The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden
- The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden
- Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
- Farmer Boy Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
- Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
- Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen
- Little Britches by Ralph Moody
And, here is my list of suggested Family Read Alouds from Pinterest. There are more books on my general Pinterest page, so please check that out as well.
What books do you love to read aloud in your home?