Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Read Aloud Thursday! I hope you’ve all had a great month of reading aloud. Our month has been super busy with the ending of most of our weekly commitments at the month’s end (!!!), so I don’t have a lot to share in terms of reveiws. My girls and I have had a two read-alouds going this month, one for fun ane one for history (though they’ve been equally loved): The Hobbit at night and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch at lunchtime.
We finished The Hobbit just last night. It is quite the ambitious read-aloud, and it took us a couple of months. (I remember this because I know we were reading it when I got so sick last month, and we ended it just as I’m recuperating from penumonia.) I am linking here to my original review of The Hobbit from the first time I read it
a couple of five years ago. I don’t think I did a particularly good job of reading it aloud, but I do think my girls’ curiosity is piqued about Tolkien, so it was generally a success. We’re about a half dozen chapters away from the end of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch; I plan to share my thoughts on it in the next few days.
As for the boys, I always feel like they get the short end of the stick. The DLM does listen in a good bit to what I’m reading to the girls, though most of it is really over his head. Steady Eddie and I did read a couple of short chapter books to him this month: The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and a new Kate DiCamillo book, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. These short chapter books are the perfect length for him right now. Does anyone know of any more titles that would appeal to a little boy’s taste? My list is fairly little girl friendly. 🙂
One picture book the DLM really enjoyed this month is Bear Circus by William Pene DuBois. This is a book I remember fondly from my childhood, so it has been a joy to share it with him.
Benny still loves being read to, also, and often requests it. One book he has loved this month has been Bedtime in the Jungle by John Butler. Written to the rhythm of the folksong “Over in the Meadow,” this one begs to be sung. This book is a counting book, a song, and a book about animals all rolled into one, and it uses strong verbs and interesting vocabulary. We give this one a Highly Recommended for the preschool and toddler set. (Peachtree Publishers, 2009)
I am anticipating better health and a saner schedule next month, which I hope will combine to mean more time for reading aloud at the House of Hope. I am really looking forward to it!
What have you been reading this month? Please, share in the comments or link to your RAT blog posts!
Happy Read Aloud Thursday!