Our family loves read alouds. We truly enjoy reading together. We don’t just read before bed but we also love good read aloud books during school or for fun. This fall/winter we are deciding what we are going to add to our read aloud list. A designated daily reading time can provide an engaged and relaxed time together. There is not much I love more than to hear “read another chapter Mom.” How about you?
So if you are looking for some good read aloud books, consider some of these real aloud books for the whole family.
Class Read Alouds
1- Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss
2- Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingles Wilder
3- Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
4- Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
5- The BoxCar Children series, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
6- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (or the whole Chronicales of Narnia series), by C.S. Lewis
7- Mr. Poppers Penguins, by Richard Atwater
8- My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett
9- Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
10- The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is really a list of classic read aloud books; however, if you are looking for some other good read aloud books that are not on your typical classic list, consider the below list of some more recent books to add to your collection. These have been some great read alouds in our house. Maybe you’ll find one you’ll love too!
Bonus Real Aloud Book List
1- Wonder, by RJ Palacio– The story of Auggie Pullman who was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome. This story showcases the power of kindness to change lives and is a must read for everyone of any age. Also should be read before you see the movie because that’s a just a good life rule. But if you already saw the movie, no worries, you’ll learn lots more about Auggie from the book.
2- The Wicket Chronicles: Ice Road, by Joan Lennon – In the harshest winter in living memory, the vast waterways of the Fens are frozen solid, transformed into an Ice Road. Ideal conditions for a surprise invasion by young King Arnald’s banished uncle! At Wickit Monastery, most of the Brothers have been struck down with a bitter illness, and a ghost walks across the snow. What can Pip and Perfect, the stone gargoyle, do to save the King, the Brothers, and their country?
3- Rush Revere Series by Rush Limbaugh– Explore the earliest days of the United States with this boxed set containing the #1 New York Times bestselling Time Travels with Exceptional Americans series from Rush Limbaugh! From the nationally syndicated radio host and #1 New York Times bestselling author Rush Limbaugh comes this special boxed set of four exciting Rush Revere titles, perfect for those who want to discover more about some of the most remarkable Americans in history! Starting with the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, you can join these daring English settlers as they arrive in America and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Follow that with Rush Revere and the First Patriots and discover just how the talk of revolution and liberty spread from the bustling streets of 1760s Boston. Join the fight for freedom with Rush Revere and the American Revolution and be on hand for some of the most important battles of the war. Experience America’s first days as a nation and meet James Madison as writes the Constitution in Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner! And finally, learn about all the first three presidencies of the United States directly from the men themselves and get to see George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson in action in Rush Revere and the Presidency! (You can read my review of the Rush Revere series here.)
4- The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins – The story is about a spunky 13 year old girl named Avery who is kidnapped, along with her 3-year old brother, on her 13th birthday. She is taken to a castle and put to work along with other 13 year old orphans who have been kidnapped and placed in the castle. She is separated from her brother, though, which is a mystery to where he is and why they were separated. The novel is set in Medieval times. (You can read my review of this book here.)
5- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green– Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
So hopefully this list will help you find some good read aloud books to add to your read aloud book list, or reading list for some of the kiddos in your homeschool.
How about you? Have some good read alouds your family has loved? I would love to hear about them.