Unless we’re running a lot of errands, most days we’re home at lunchtime — one of our favorite times to read together. It’s become a fun time to share a book, especially since my children all have different bedtimes, and finding a good time to read together in the evening can be difficult.
Once everyone’s lunch is ready, I pick up a longer book — either a chapter book or novel, and I read a chapter or two out loud. Often, we’ll all be so interested in the story that we keep reading long after the food is gone. Of course, I have to change my voice to fit the different characters! We’ve enjoyed both single titles and series, exciting adventures and stories that made us laugh out loud.
If you’re looking for some good read-alouds to share with your family, here are a few of our favorites. Some are classics, some are newer books, but all have been good reads:
My Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett – This series follows the adventures of a young boy named Elmer Elevator and the baby dragon he must rescue.
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park – With a young main character (in kindergarten/ first grade), this series follows the daily and often exasperating antics of Junie B.
Hank the Cowdog series by John Erickson – Featuring a scruffy canine sleuth, these books boast the mysteries only a dog could solve.
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – The nine books in the series follows Laura from her years in the Big Woods through her marriage and the birth of her own child.
The Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate by Donna St. Cyr – When Robert’s little sister drinks a strange elixer and starts shrinking, Robert must face mythological creatures and find his missing father in order to help her.
So make a sandwich, pick up a good book, and enjoy!
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Picture By: San Jose Library
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell