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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Read Aloud Favorites of 2013

Read Aloud Favorites of 2013-The Unlikely Homeschool


You may well remember my read aloud goals for 2013.  As usual, I took those goals as a suggestion, not a dogma.  (This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for full details.)

Confession...I veered from the plan a bit.  

But, that's OK.  The best journeys are the ones with a few unexpected detours.  Wouldn't you agree?

So, while I take inventory of the read alouds that we DIDN'T get to for 2013 and begin adding them to my goals for 2014, why don't you take a peek at the ones we DID get to.  
(I'd recommend these titles for elementary aged kids.  While my 1st grader and preschooler listened in on our read aloud time, most of these books were hard for them to follow without additional explanation from me.)

Here's a list of our FAVORITE read alouds from the year in no particular order.  


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Twenty-One Balloons by Willian Pene Du Bois
Centerburg Tales (The sequel to Homer Price) by Robert McCloskey
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
American Girl Rebecca Series by Jacqueline Denbar Greene
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld*
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
A Little House Christmas Treasury by Laura Ingalls Wilder

*Due to the nature of Roman culture, this book demands parental discretion.  My children and I were able to enjoy many thoughtful conversations about Roman culture and religious practices while reading it together.  That being said, I would not allow them to read Detectives in Togas on their own.

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5 comments:

  1. It's always wonderful to get read-aloud suggestions...thanks for sharing this! The Sonlight curriculum also has fabulous read-alouds that you can find on their website, even if you don't use their curriculum.
    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year!

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    1. Yes, we consult the Sonlight catalog on occasion too...when we need a good book suggestion.
      Wishing you and yours a great New Year!

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  2. The 21 Balloons and Mrs. Frisby are two of my all-time childhood favorites. They are on our list for 2014. We read Paddington this year, too and it was laugh-out-loud funny!

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    1. What is the exact title of the Paddington book?

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    2. There are a few Paddington sequels, but this one is the original/first one. It is called A Bear Called Paddington.

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