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(1 Jn 4:16)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Read Alouds

When I first started blogging, I kept a list of read alouds, including library picture books, in my sidebar. Somewhere along the way, I removed an old list and never replaced it with a new list. This does not mean that we have stopped read alouds in our house. We continue to read many picture and chapter books in our home.

During the month of July we read the following library picture books (it is too hard to record the numerous picture books in our home library that we have read):
All of Edward Ardizzone's books about Tim
Ruth Heller's Kites Sail High
Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt

Our after lunch (read by me) and nighttime (read by my husband) read aloud books were:
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

In addition to read alouds, we also listen to a lot of books on CD. A few months ago, I started to share these in my sidebar.

I feel very strongly that children, regardless of their age, benefit greatly from stories read aloud. I have been surprised to hear myself say to my husband on at least one occasion, "Please read just one more chapter." I have noticed that my children tend to talk more about the books that we are reading aloud with us at the dinner table and among each other than they do about books they have read independently. Therefore, I strongly recommend that if you are not already reading aloud to your children of all ages on a regular basis, start doing so.


  1. I haven't taken the time to post our read-alouds in my sidebar, but we also have enjoyed several of these books you mentioned. ESPECIALLY the two Devotional Stories for Little Folks. My kids love the Peterson Family and wish that they were real. We are currently reading the More book, and I find that is inspirational for me as well as the children.

  2. My children are always talking about Greg Peterson. I have been thinking about reading the More book and thanks to you will start reading it when we finish Paddle to the Sea.


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