Asking me to pick my favorite read-aloud is like asking me to pick my favorite child–a laughable task. However, when I saw that the Three Thinking Mothers would be writing and posting about read-alouds this week, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post about some of our favorite books and my favorite day of the bloggy week: Read Aloud Thursday.
I’ve been reading aloud to my girls, now ages 7 and 5, for a long time, of course. I started Read Aloud Thursday way back in December of 2008, when Lulu was 4 1/2 and Louise had just turned 3. At the time it was a repository of reviews of the best picture books we read. I actually started (or attempted to start!) reading chapter books to them when they were only 3 and 2 (!!); you can read about our first chapter books here. Now Read Aloud Thursday has evolved into the place where I post the best of what I read aloud to them, picture or chapter book, fiction or nonfiction. I still occasionally post read-alouds on other days, but in an effort to scale back my time commitment to blogging (ha!), I try to limit those posts to once a week.
Here are some read-aloud summary posts I’ve written:
- chapter books for the youngest listeners
- Best read-alouds of 2010 (including a list of all chapter book read-alouds in 2010)
- Best of 2009
- 2009 lists (scroll down for read-alouds)
- 2008 read-alouds
- Best picture books
Links to reviews of this year’s chapter books are in the sidebar, at least as far as I’ve updated it. 🙂
Although this list is apt to change on any given day, here are my top five chapter book read-alouds, linked to my reviews:
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
- Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
- Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Of course, for reading aloud, I don’t think Charlotte’s Web can be bested, but there’s something very endearing about listening to it in the author’s voice. All of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books are favorites around here, but they’ve grown so familiar that it’s hard for this mama to read them aloud; still, though, they bear mentioning.
Well, I could go on and on, but there’s treadmill calling my name. 🙂 I do want to invite everyone to participate in Read Aloud Thursday, though. Simply come back on Thursday (or anytime before the linky closes on Sunday night) and leave a link to a blog post in which you’ve written about your family’s read-alouds. There’s even a button for you to snag for your sidebar or for your post! I appreciate your using the button and/or linking back here, just because it’s good advertisement, and the more we have play, the more read-aloud suggestions we have!
What an awesome week it’s shaping up to be at Three Thinking Mothers! Don’t miss this week of great read-aloud suggestions!