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Amazing book on important read-alouds for every age 0 to 17

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Even though I don't homeschool anymore -- mine are in college -- I want to share a "win."

This recommendation -- after the TWTM's forums -- is my very top homeschooling love:

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.

I'm a hardcore library user, but I bought this great book and used it constantly when ordering library books. The first half of the book Trelease explains the whys to reading aloud (and there are way more than you'd guess). In the second half he lists hundreds of recommended books for the right ages starting at preschool and going up from there. For example:

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Grades 3-6  180 pages                  Publisher's name, 1997

Then Trelease writes a quick review of the book and at the end of the review-paragraph includes at least five titles: "Also by the author" or "related books" or even "other humorous books." He also says which books are Newbery honor, multiple-award winner etc.

I'd read his reviews and mark them: "WWI" or WW2" or "Great Depression," that sort of thing. So when we were studying the Great Depression, I'd have already ordered stories on the GD from the library. So cool.

I'd love to share more info if you're interested! 😊

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