What a month of reading aloud it has been at the House of Hope! I hope it has been a great one at your house, too. 🙂 I’m finding my read aloud resolve is being challenged in the face of so many demands on our time, and thus I’m almost always actively seeking ways to make time for reading aloud. I’m not giving up yet–not by a long shot! 🙂
On my last library trip, I searched out some longer picture books, even beginning chapter books, to share with the DLM. (He does listen to our chapter book read-alouds, but he prefers picture books.) That library trip netted us some good ones: Poppleton and Little Whistle, both from the pen of Cynthia Rylant; Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas; and Mouse and Mole by Wong Herbert Yee. All of these are series books, and all of them feature animals in various stages of anthropomorphization. (Did I just make up a word?!?) This wasn’t the first time we had read some of these, but for some reason this was the time that they really clicked for the DLM. Maybe it’s time to revisit my own list of chapter books for the youngest listeners!
Right now I usually read from our chapter books twice a day: once after lunch and once at bedtime. This month we had the added complication of having three read-aloud chapter books going: Calico Bush by Rachel Field for history (usually read sometime after lunch); and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (for a library bookclub which we hosted this month) and The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery (for fun and also because I love a challenge!) as our nighttime reads.
It turned out that Steady Eddie took over the reading of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to free me up a bit at bedtime, and yes, I recognize the irony of the situation since a.) this was the first chapter book he has read to the kids and b.) it was for the mother-daughter bookclub. 😉 We had listened to the audiobook years ago, so the girls already knew a good bit about it. They tolerated it being read aloud. (Lulu sometimes voices her opinion that she’d rather read the book herself because she can read it so much faster.) The DLM, on the other hand, really got into the story and even asked questions about it. I think that might be another good one to add to the list! The Story Girl is still a work in progress, though we’re just a few chapters shy of the ending and so should finish it well before January is out. Stay tuned for my thoughts on that one. 🙂
I have shared a few more read-aloud reviews this month, mostly for the Armchair Cybils challenge:
- Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light–not-to-be-missed counting book
- Cybils picture book finalist, group one (these are my favorites!)
- Cybils picture book finalists, group two
As for what’s coming up next, here’s what I have in mind: for history, our next read aloud is Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates. I’m excited about this one; I’ve never read it! Our next nighttime read aloud is The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman. Sherry recommended I read it in the comments of her year-end post (her review is here), and it sounds like a book everyone can enjoy. I’m looking forward to it! Of course, I hold these plans loosely and am willing to pick up ‘most anything else when inspiration strikes!
My own personal reading didn’t quite measure up to the goals I had set at the beginning of January. However, I am pleased with the amount and variety of reading aloud we did, at least as far as chapter books go. (There’s ALWAYS room for improvement when it comes to making time to read aloud to my boys!) How was your read-aloud month? I’d love to hear about it! Please link up your blog post below or share in the comments.
Happy Read Aloud Thursday!