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  1. I love this woman's blog. She has incredible resources and useful advice! Here's a great list of Back to School Read Alouds - http://www.simplykinder.com/back-to-school-read-alouds/ Enjoy!
  2. There are so many posts on children's books and so many of us that are obsessed with book lists. Can you consider breaking out books into a separate subforum? Members could post lists, read aloud recommendations and search for long forgotten favorites.
  3. We will be starting Ancients in late spring. I was looking through the SOTW AG and love the extensive book lists. DD is a strong reader and most of the books can simply be placed in the library bin for her to read as she chooses. However, I would love to use some of the best options in our evening read aloud time. What your top picks are for a "family read aloud time" that correspond with Ancients? Can be fiction or nonfiction, longer picture books or chapter books, good for any elementary grade audience. Please let me know what part of Ancients the books line up well with, too, so I know when to slot them in!
  4. TKDMom's question about what American Children's Literature she should give her Spanish exchange student has me wondering. For those of you who are native English speakers but not American, what American literature do you read aloud to or assign to your kids? If English is not your first language but you're teaching your children English, what American Children's Literature do you read aloud or assign to them? Another perspective can be very valuable and insightful.
  5. Many thanks to the board members who recommended The Secret Garden illustrated by Inga Moore and Robert Ingpen's illustrated The Wind in the Willows & The Jungle Book. They are just gorgeous! My kids adored The Wind in the Willows and we are almost done with The Jungle Book. I'd like some recommendations for beautifully illustrated read alouds- chapter books like those listed above, not picture books. Thanks so much!
  6. I'm at a loss, and you'd think I would know this by now, but I don't. So, here goes. My 8 yr old (who has dyslexia and auditory processing disorder along with a slew of other LDs) likes to have a story read to him at bedtime, and honestly, he needs it as part of his work on comprehension. I wasn't sure how he'd do with chapter books, so we started off with McBroom's Wonderful One Acre Farm (he loved it), then read The Magic Finger, The BFG and James & The Giant Peach (he loved all three of those); next he grabbed Ralph S. Mouse and we are all finding it a much more difficult read. I find myself skipping the verbose, overly-descriptive bits --- seems Cleary will start a sentence or paragraph leading up to an action but fill it up with description along the way, and my boy can't follow that. The description in the middle distracts him from the action, so by the time we get to the actual action, he's forgotten the beginning. So, I skip over the descriptions and we get through, but he has said more than once that this is a more confusing story -- especially in the beginning when there were multiple characters to keep straight, etc. We'll finish it, as we're nearly done and I've figured out how to read it so it works for him, but what should we go to next?? I do have Charlie & The Chocolate Factory as well as The Glass Elevator; haven't read them in a while but I was thinking they were a bit above the level of James & the Giant Peach, no? And, what else can we read with him? Any suggestions that will catch the interest of a super active 8 yr old boy, yet fall around this same comprehension level? Thanks for any ideas!
  7. The last three books I've picked have not worked for one reason or another. We read a lot so most of the usual books have been read like Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan etc. etc. Can you recommend a read aloud that your kids LOVED that isn't in most of the read aloud lists on WTM forums? THANKS! Alley
  8. This was so, so good. Excellent read. Whoever told me to read it: thank you! My boys are nine and one said as I was finishing the chapter, "You do find us good books." Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Newberry Medal Honor, 2010. Alley
  9. I'm trying to get a game plan for the read aloud books I'll be reading with my 1st grader this year. I have the typical 6 year old boy who loves cars, ninjas, Star Wars, karate, etc. Some of the books that he has liked are My Father's Dragon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. Any suggestions? Thanks! Leslie
  10. We read all sorts of stuff during the day, but our bedtime read-aloud needs to be light, sweet, and funny- nothing scary, sad, super exciting, or overly mentally taxing :tongue_smilie:. We've read a string of good ones lately- Wind in the Willows, Dr. Dolittle series, Mr. Popper's Penguins- and I'm looking for suggestions along those same lines. What say ye? :)
  11. My boys & I were at an impasse. I wanted to read "Charlotte's Web." I LOVE Charlotte's Web & we've never read it aloud. They said NO NO NO NO NO. THAT IS THE MOST BORING MOVIE OF ALL TIME. That is exactly what they said. Crushed, I explained that the book was BETTER but no dice. Then I asked them for their input on what we should read. INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD. And they retrieved its never-before-read self from the shelf. I sighed in defeat & we started to read it last night. Chapter 1 was FANTASTIC! We wanted to keep reading, but was time for bed. First thing this morning~we're all wondering what will happen in chapter 2 tonight... Turns out, letting the boys take the lead was a GOOD thing :).
  12. I'm down to only two left in school and they are both in highschool. I really miss the read aloud times we used to have. Anyone still read aloud with older kids? What are some of your favorite titles? Thanks!!
  13. I think it may have been a librarian's blog. Not sure, though! ;) ETA: I remember it was like a top 100 list or something. They took a poll of teachers and the blogger added quotes from the teachers about why they liked the book so much. There was her own review with an image of the book cover.
  14. What are the best versions of Robin Hood and King Arthur to read aloud to 2nd and 4th graders? Also, at what reading level would you place Saint George & the Dragon? Would my 4th grader be too old to read (and enjoy) this independently? A Book in Time places it at an upper elementary level, Amazon says ages 4-8... Any other good Middle Ages books for a strong reader (the 4th grader-to-be)? I am working on an individual reading list for him... or at least gathering ideas for one...
  15. ...I can't seem to find any thread on good read alouds for a first grader and 4 yo. Of course I think I've read a bunch when I didn't need any more choices.... Anyway, I need some good boy adventure type stories. Bonus if it has a good moral lesson, or sparks some good moral discussions... We've done: Mr. Popper's Penguins Mouse and the Motorcycle Stuart Little Charlotte's Web Little House books (3 of them I think but they are tired of them) Velveteen Rabbit Narnia books the first Boxcar children book What next?
  16. Mainly I'm concerned about the ability of my 7 y/o to comprehend them. Obviously, I want a read aloud to stretch his limits but not so much that he's totally confused. He is a child that really has to understand EVERYTHING that is being said. Getting the gist just doesn't cut it. :) So do you think I should reserve any of these for the future? TIA! The Wheel on the School The Year of Miss Agnes Homer Price Follow my Leader Understood Betsy Harry Potter Railway Children Five Children and It Five Little Peppers and How They Grew The Story of Dr. Doolittle Mary Poppins The Children of Green Knowe Pippi Longstocking Half Magic My Side of the Mountain Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (audiobook) The Phantom Tollbooth The Castle in the Attic Narnia The Whipping Boy Enchanted Castle The Enormous Egg Owls in the Family The Moffats The Saturdays Pinocchio Peter Pan
  17. http://www.angelicum.net/html/the_good_books_in_print_list.html Has anyone here read these books to their kids at the recommended ages, especially the Nursery and Preschool ages? I just can't imagine young kids sitting through, nevermind comprehending and enjoying, books such as these.
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