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.
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.
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
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.
- Cleopatra of Egypt by Leonora Hornblow
2. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
3. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
5. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
6. Stuart Little by E. B. White
7. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
8. The Great Wall of China by Leonard Everett Fisher
9. Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
10. Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
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.
Simply download the PDF then print onto cardstock.
Cut along the edges.
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.