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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Read Alouds

Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant by Hertha Pauli
My children enjoyed listening to the story of this wonderful saint and Our Blessed Mother.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams
Theresa couldn't wait for her dad to finish reading this book. I remember being the same way when I was in second or third grade and heard my teacher reading this book out loud to my classmates and me. In fact, the copy that my husband read is the copy that I asked my mom to buy for me at the time. Needless to say, this book has been a long time favorite of mine. I think that Charlotte's Web belongs in every child's personal library.

I originally intended to read this book to my younger children, but I noticed that a couple of the older children migrated to the room as I read. My children in preschool through sixth grade are enjoying listening to the story. My two eldest children read this and The Burgess Bird Book for Children a few years ago.

Freddy Goes Camping by Walter R. Brooks
My husband and children thought this book was amusing. Brendan read these books when he was younger and enjoyed them. This was the rest of the family's first introduction to the Freddy books.

The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
The book that we read was illustrated by Ursula K. Le Guin. I would like to see the copy of this book that is illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith.

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
Thanks go to Kimberlee for making us aware of this funny satire.

Sixty Saints for Boys by Joan Windham

Sixty Saints for Girls by Joan Windham
A friend gave me this book last spring after I told her about Sixty Saints for Boys. My children and I thoroughly enjoy the stories in both of these books.

The Wanderers by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Based on the author and illustrator, I expected this book to be a winner. I wasn't disappointed. My husband and children found the story and illustrations delightful.


  1. Elizabeth Coatsworth seems to have written quite a bit. We have "The Cat That Went to Heaven." Have you read any others?

  2. I don't remember reading The Cat that Went to Heaven. In addition to the Sally series published by Bethlehem Books, a couple of titles that some of my children have read are The Noble Doll and Jock's Island. I know that they have probably read others too, but I cannot think of them at the moment.

    I hope that everyone at your house feels better soon. We have been dealing with fevers and coughs since Christmas here, but I think that we are all on the mend. :)

  3. We just read Song of the Camels, a wonderful picture book by her.

    1. What a coincidence! We just checked it out from the library and read it too. I agree that it is a wonderful picture book. I hope that you and your family have a great week.

    2. That is funny. I do love the pictures in the book.

    3. Yes, the pictures are great.


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