15 January 2013

Family Read Alouds

Does your family enjoy reading books together?  Ours sure does!  Reading through a book together, a chapter or so a night, has become a wonderful "habit" for our family.

Some of our favorites that we've read together are:
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Stuart Little
  • The Little House on the Prairie Series
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Hobbit
  • The Ralph S. Mouse series
  • The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
  • The Paddington Bear series

We have just started reading Heidi and we're all loving it!  Some of the books we've read are also new to me, but many I've read before and am loving them all over again.  Heidi is one of the latter.  I'd forgotten what a great story it is and it's really fun to read out loud.  We are planning to attend a local little theatre production of Heidi later this month, so I thought this would be a great way to prepare for that.  

I have tons more on my list of those I still want us to read together.  It doesn't matter that my children are getting older, they still love to be read to.  There are so many benefits to continue reading to your older children!  My own parents continued to read each night to me until I was practically in jr. high and I always loved those times.  Frankly, I still love to be the one listening when it's my husband's the one reading:)

So, look over your bookshelves and choose a classic story to dig into with your family.  I'd love to hear your recommendations for read alouds that your family has enjoyed, too.


Nancy@ThereIsGrace said...

So, I read this post when you first put it up and totally meant to come back and comment. Well, just now doing that :) We are still reading picture books for the most part b/c Little Man seems to lose interest quickly in chapter books. However, Little Miss is REALLY into them. She's already read Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by herself. Do you have any suggestions of books that might hold Little Man's interest?

Lora @ my blessed life said...

I know what you mean~The Princess has advanced in reading much faster than Mr. B:) Maybe that's a boy thing!

Personally, I think picture books are wonderful at any age! Obviously, you want them to read more challenging things, but there's something to be said for picture books:)

The Paddington Bear books were some that Mr. B really loved, also the Little House books were some that we read several years ago and he paid attention well with those.

If it's trouble sitting still then maybe you could try having Little Man play with blocks or Legos or cars ...keep his hands busy while you read. Sometimes that really helps with my Mr. B:)