Rediscover the Joy of Reading-Aloud


A regular read aloud time can become one of the most cherished experiences of childhood – taking our imaginations to new heights, while also revealing more about our own hearts and minds.  During read-aloud time, some children are content to sit and listen; many aren’t.  So, if your children aren’t the type who easily sit and listen, try these basic rules:

  • While listening, you can pursue any other activity (drawing, playing with a toy, building something, etc.) as long as it’s quiet and not distracting.
  • Only the reader speaks; save your questions and comments for afterward.

Classic read-aloud chapter book suggestions:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Little House series
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Stuart Little
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • The Wind in the Willows

Reading Aloud as Your Kids Grow Older

As your children move into their later elementary school years and middle school years, the following favorite classics can help hold their attention in read-aloud time:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Little Prince
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Kidnapped
  • Treasure Island

I’d love to know what your family’s favorite read-aloud books are!




Today’s blog post was inspired by Mack Thomas.


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