1. Mary

    Hi Amy – such an interesting list here. I have to say that Black Ships before Troy was one of our favorites, too. I think the best was probably all if the Fairmont Avenue books or Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    You are inspiring me to do a similar post to yours. We are out of town now, but perhaps when we get home.

    Thank you for all you do for the cause of read alouds!!

  2. Great list! We enjoyed Black Ships a lot also. The way I try to balance “schoolish” read alouds with “fun” read-alouds is to roughly alternate. I used to always try to have a chapter book read aloud that went along with our school studies but then that felt like too much of a burden. Now I incorporate chapter books that go with our school studies if they are also things I think we’d really enjoy. And I don’t do it for every topic. This year I have also begun to assign more reading to my son that I read also (but separately). We can then discuss the book, but it doesn’t take up that valuable read-aloud time.

    And sorry about my link, it came out wonky but I think it works ok.

  3. Thanks for the suggestions, and also for the back-links to your older posts! Your girls have gotten a bit beyond my oldest daughter when it comes to books, so we’re going to browse through your archives a bit 🙂 Although we just started Milly-Molly-Mandy as our before-bed read-aloud, though! I found it in a box of my old books from when I was a child.

  4. This is a fun idea. I think if I had to pick a favorite read aloud with my oldest it’d have to be Narnia. Loved sharing that with him this year. But we ended the year with Water Horse by Dick King-Smith and that one was well-loved. I’ll be talking about that one soon.

    Next year I’ll have to remember to do a favorite read-aloud post. I expect we’ll have read a few more this coming year than this past year.

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