Our Favourite Read-Aloud Books and a Free Bookmark Printable

Last year, I was desperate to expose my children to new books. They had their books that they loved and only wanted to read those. Again and again. They convinced themselves that there was no other book out there that could possibly be better than their favourite book.

I yearned for them to experience new adventures, mysteries, comedies, heartbreaks and tragedies.

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So I came up with a plan. I forced them to enjoy new stories by reading aloud to them. We curl up on the couch together (picture a can of sardines) tightly, and I read to my children.

Here are our top 3 favourites that we’ve already read.

  1. Harry Potter  by J. K. Rowling  Harry Potter
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis                         Narnia
  3. Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine                                 Hana's Suitcase


We’ve completed the Harry Potter series in one year and read Hana’s Suitcase last summer. We are currently halfway through the Chronicles of Narnia. As you can see, we like to mix things up a bit. Even though we enjoy fantasy fiction, we also try to add some books based on true stories, historical or current events.

Even though there’s a big age difference between our youngest and oldest children, everyone has enjoyed these stories in their own ways. We have laughed and cried together. We’ve held each other a little tighter during the scary parts. We absolutely love and cherish this time together. This is one part of my homeschool day I wish to continue for as long as possible.

Now that we’re approaching the end of our current book, it’s time to start considering other books for afterwards. Here are our top 10 picks for future reads – in no particular order.

  1. Cleopatra of Egypt by Leonora Hornblow


2. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery          Anne of Green Gables

3. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo                                   Despereaux

4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien                                                         Hobbit

5. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren                                            Pippi Longstocking

6. Stuart Little by E. B. White                                                                 Stuart Little

7. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White                                       Charlotte's Web

8. The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher                                Great Wall of China.jpg

9. Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne  Mummies in the Morning

10. Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick                                  Galileo

I have a feeling our year will be filled with adventures! Share with us your family’s favourite read-aloud in the comment box below.


As a bonus, I am also sharing with you a set of printable bookmarks to use during your next family read-loud.

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Simply download the PDF then print onto cardstock.

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Cut along the edges.

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Punch a hole on the top and add a decorative ribbon of your choice.

You now have a beautiful set of bookmarks you can use as a family or even give as a gift.

Click here to download the bookmarks.




4 thoughts on “Our Favourite Read-Aloud Books and a Free Bookmark Printable

  1. First of all this is getting scary. Lol You had your machine vs. free weights post, I had written and scheduled my commercial gym vs. home gym. You have this post, tomorrow is my reading post. Great minds think alike? But I like yours better! The book marks are awesome idea!!

    OK I added Hana’s suitcase to my wish list never head of it, thanks for sharing.

    We loved (on your to read 10) numbers: 2, 3, 6 and 7. I am not doing a read aloud at the moment, but totally on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!


    1. No way! That’s too funny! I can’t wait to read your post tomorrow then!!! 🙂

      You will love Hana’s Suitcase. It’s such a beautiful story. Very touching.

      Thanks for reading this and I’m happy you enjoyed it!


    1. You will love Hana’s Suitcase. Even my 5 year old enjoyed. It has some heavy content but it is well written so children can understand without being too scared. Actually, it is beautifully written for children.

      Enjoy your bookmarks! 🙂

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