Great Books to Read Aloud

 When we first began homeschooling our children, I read several books on homeschooling methods and many blogs and website articles.  One thing that really stood out was the importance of reading aloud to our children.  My husband recognised this and began to read aloud each night to our girls.  They were then about 5, 4 and 1 years of age.  That was seven years ago.  Here are some of the books that we have experienced together as a family (I will add to this list periodically):

The Complete Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ~ A.A.Milne
The Chronicles of Narnia (second reading at the moment!) ~ C.S.Lewis
Several Paddington Bear books ~ Michael Bond
Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan ~ E.B.White
Pinnocchio ~ Carlo Collodi
Many of the Beatrix Potter tales
Treasury for Children (several stories) ~ James Herriot
Most of the Little House on the Prairie series ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caddie Woodlawn ~ Carol Ryrie Brink
The Treasure Seekers, Five Children & It ~ Edith Nesbit
The Incredible Journey ~ Sheila Burnford
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Courage of Sarah Noble ~ Alice Dalgleish
Shadrach ~ Meindert de Jong
Just So Stories ~ Rudyard Kipling
The Cricket in Times Square ~ George Selden
Heidi ~ Johanna Spyri
Odd and several other titles by Amy Le Feuvre
Many "Twins" books by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Swiss Family Robinson ~ Johann Wyss
The Hobbit ~ J.R.R.Tolkien (and The Lord of the Rings are sure to come when the girls are a bit older!)
The Little Pilgrims Progress ~ John Bunyan, abridged
Mary Poppins ~ P.L.Travers
Pollyanna ~ Eleaner Porter
The Tanglewood's Secrets ~ Patricia St.John
The Sheep-Pig (Babe, the book), Ace, Daggy Dogfoot ~ Dick King Smith
Lassie Come Home ~ Eric Knight
Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass ~ Lewis Carroll
The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afloat ~ Mary Norton
Anne of Green Gables ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Veveteen Rabbit ~ Margery Williams
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew ~ Margaret Sidney
King of The Wind ~ Marguerite Henry
The Silver Brumby ~ Elyne Mitchell
The Wind in the Willows ~ Kenneth Grahame 
The Runaway Settlers ~ Elsie Locke (NZ historical fiction)
Six Little New Zealanders & Uncles Three at Kamahi by Esther Glen (NZ historical fiction)
The Barn Chronicles by Rosie Boom

1 comment:

pmamabergy said...

You will absolutely love Elizabeth Enright! She has written the Melendy Series, Gone Away Lake and Return to Gane Away Lake, among others. A friend shared these childhood favorites of hers and these endearing books are now our family favorites!!! I highly recommend these as surefire-loved read alouds. enjoy

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