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Monday, January 2, 2012
If your family enjoys reading books aloud together, try this list. Our whole family has enjoyed listening to these stories.
James Herriot's Treasury for Children – wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations by the country vet best known for his book All Creatures Great and Small
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White – We're never too old for this story.
Stuart Little by E. B. White – another favorite by E. B. White
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – The book combines silliness and negativity with a fun use of vocabulary which results in a unique, enjoyable read.
Planters, Pirates and Patriots: Historical Tales from the South Carolina Grand Strand by Rod Gragg – a great collection of stories that are enjoyable even if you aren't from South Carolina
From the Mixed-Up File of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsbury – a fun story of two runaways that really captures the imagination of young listeners
The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Step back in time to see what American pioneer life was like about 150 years ago.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones – a fabulously illustrated Bible story book that's a great read for all ages
Wise Words by Peter Leithart – a collection of fairy-tale like stories built around different Proverbs; great for illustrating the wisdom of the Proverbs
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – Probably best-known for Ramona the Pest, Cleary's other work is fun too. Her entire series on Ralph, the adventurous mouse, is a fun read.
Socks by Beverly Cleary – another favorite by Cleary
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois – an imaginative story that kids love
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – No read aloud list would be complete without this classic. If you're feeling ambitious, read through the whole series! Great stuff!