Welcome to the February edition of Read Aloud Thursday! We’ve had a couple of weeks of unpredictable winter weather, which one would think would lend itself to lots of reading aloud. However, along with the unpredictability of the weather has come the unpredictability of the schedule, so some days are better than others for reading aloud. Still, we press on, and we’ve enjoyed quite a few good books this month. I’ve already reviewed both of our read-aloud chapter books of month:
Both of these were winners and were enjoyed by both girls and their mama, and the DLM was also mostly happily along for the ride. (I may or may not gush about Amos Fortune in my review. I loved this one in particular.)
Our current read-aloud is Ben and Me by Robert Lawson. This quick read (which Louise has already read independently) is a lot of fun! We’ll also be adding Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes to the read-aloud stack in the next day or two. (The clincher for me in reading this one now is the fact that it’s a selection for March’s Newbery Through the Decades Challenge, so it’s a two-fer. ) I’m not sure what we’ll tackle when we finish Ben and Me. I’m feeling the urge to read something a little more challenging. I’m just not sure what. I know I don’t want another piece of historical fiction, at least not one set during the time of the American Revolution. I’ve considered tackling The Hobbit as our bedtime read, but I’m a little bit intimidated by reading it aloud. I read it for the first time myself a few years ago and loved it, but somehow I almost don’t feel up to the task of reading it aloud. (Now that I’ve gone back and re-read my own review, though, I think it might be just the thing.)
Last month I shared some of the ready-for-chapters books that the DLM has enjoyed. This month he met Elephant and Piggie for the first time, and boy, did he fall hard for them! I’ll admit that neither my girls nor I really “got” Mo Willems’ humor in these books (perhaps because I read them wrong), but it has definitely caught on with the DLM.
These three books are the three Elephant and Piggies that we have home from the library right now, and they’re all huge hits. Since he has enjoyed these so much, I also brought home That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems, and he loved it just as much. He definitely “gets” the humor.
He lies in bed and “reads” them to himself while I read to the girls. The sparse text and cartoonish illustrations are just the thing for him right now. Winners, all!
I’ve felt for a while that the DLM is really ready for his own consistent chapter book read alouds, but after reading My Father’s Dragon to him last year, I let it slide. On a whim this month I picked up A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond and have been reading him at least part of a chapter most nights. I honestly am not sure it was the best choice for him (the British-isms and references make it a tough go sometimes), but he usually asks for it, even if he doesn’t want a whole chapter. We’re up to chapter five (and the chapters aren’t short, either), so I think we’ll probably finish it.
What have you read aloud this month, or what do you plan to read aloud next month? Please share in the comments below or link up your own post!