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.
For more thoughts on reading aloud:
- Great Read Alouds for Lower to Mid Elementary
- 13 Books to Read Aloud in 2013
- Books Every Preschooler Should Enjoy
- Summer Read Aloud Goals
- Top 10 American History Read Alouds (with a bonus list of 10 Historical Readers)
- Why I Choose a Living Literature Approach to Learning
- Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Kids