Today, lots of the TOS Crew bloggers are sharing their favorite read-alouds. I’ll share the link to everyone else’s post at the end of mine, because if you’re like me, you’re ALWAYS looking for more good books to share with your children!
I have always believed in the power of story. Good writers know that more can be communicated in prose than in essay; the heart can be touched more by beloved characters’ experiences than perhaps by a news story. Whose spirits didn’t thrill to the fellowship of the ring and Frodo’s terrifying journey? Tolkien knew well how to craft a tale and express a deeper message at the same moment.
We’re big believers, as a family, of the joys of the read-aloud. We started, of course, with toddler Bibles and board books; progressing to picture books and finally to chapter books. We have spent many an hour on adventure together, via story!
I want to share some of our most favorite read-aloud stories with you. They have not only brought joy and delight to our family, but also love, fun and togetherness.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books are, in my opinion, the very best read-alouds EVER. Faithful and loving Lucy, intrepid Peter, valiant Reepicheek, Prince Caspian, Puddleglum (whose very name embodies his personality), talking animals.and of course the Great Lion. I bawl nearly every time Aslan shows up! We read them over and over, and you’ll want to as well. I recommend reading them in the originally-written order (with The Magician’s Nephew seemingly displaced. It will be much more charming that way—trust me!) I think we’re going to have to haul our copies out again soon!
- Eleanor Estes’ Ginger Pye: There are a lot of good dog books out there, but we particularly loved this book about an eccentric family with a very special dog. You’ll find loss, reward, reunion—and quite an adventure in addition to all that!
- Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr: The parents of the dozen mentioned here are inventors of labor-saving devices and routines; you can certainly imagine why they’d need them, with twelve children! Lots of love, humor, joy and sadness. I definitely recommend this as a read-aloud as opposed to a reader; the parent will likely choose to do a little editing here and there.
- A Cricket in Times Square and Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden. Beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, Selden’s books about the friendship and experiences of a mouse and a cat living in the middle of Manhattan should not be missed.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Jackson is not quite ready yet for The Lord of the Rings series; but our entire family delighted in its precursor, The Hobbit. Learn how the Ring ever found its way into the hands of a hobbit, how kingdoms were lost and won, and the avaricious bent of Smaug in Tolkien’s wonderful adventure story.
Of course my list of favorite books is always-expanding and never-ending. But those are some of our most-loved!
See what other Crew members have to share by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!