Three Splendid Books to Read Aloud

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Three Splendid Books to Read Aloud

For those not so little kids in your life

Are you like me with children who are too old for quick board books at story time?  Have you started to realize that there are a ton of great books out there, but not many are quick enough for those bedtime story sessions?  I mean, I'd love to read for an hour each day for each child, but that just isn't possible - mostly because when I read aloud, my voice gets scratchy and tired, or my eyes start drooping like it's the middle of the night (even if it's only two in the afternoon). 

Parents tend to realize that reading aloud to their kids is a huge help when it comes to growing their intelligence. Not to mention it can be fun!  I recently shared a great post about how much reading aloud to your kids helps them.  But again, there are only so many times in a week I can read a Dr. Seuss book.  And what are we supposed to do when our kiddos get older and need more engaging, complex books?

Hey! Listen to This by Jim Trelease  a Children's Corner feature on Reading List


Before you start scouring the library or your favorite book store for some options, why not check out some collections of stories specific put together to read aloud?

Sound too good to be true?   It's not!

Years ago I was introduced to Jim Trelease and his collection of read-aloud stories for kids in Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud**.  And it is one of a few books that I refuse to ever let go of.  

Parents, you will love this collection because it is full of classics that just might flash you back to your childhood.  Homeschooling parents, this is a fun tool to introduce new authors and stories because each story is prefaced with some history of the story, or the author, or how the story came about.  It's a great starting place.  Kids will love this collection because there are so many options - stories about animals, school, food, fairy tales...  

Many of the stories are printed in completion, but there are also a bunch where only the first chapter or two are shared.  This way you can get a glimpse of the book with your kiddos and decide it if it worth checking out the big book from the library. For example, there is a great section of Mr. Popper's Penguins to help introduce your kids to the fun. Or maybe the first chapter of Ozma of Oz to help see if your family might want to jump into the fantasy world created by Baum.   How about a selection from Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp?  Or even Where the Red Fern Grows?  

All together there are 48 different stories you can get a taste of in Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud.  Oh, and there are a couple other options depending on what you need with your kids.

The greatest goal in education quote.... A Children's Corner on Reading List


About the Book - Amazon's summary

"A splendidly thoughtful selection...Trelease welcomes everyone in with wide embrace."—Washington Post Book World. 48 read-aloud selections ideal for parents and teachers to share with children ages five through nine.


Title: Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud
Author: Jim Trelease
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 1992
For ages: 5 + (younger if your chid is used to listening to books for at least 10 minutes at a time)
Type: Literature, Fiction, Short Stories



"The greatest goal in education is for children to love to read." #ReadAloud @Reading_List1


Here are a few ways to make read aloud time more fun for your slightly older kids 

  1. Create a fun reading spot for your kids, maybe they will let you in to read to them!
  2. Or here is another option for more of a fairy princess reading spot.
  3. Just in case you are hoping to engage your child in really listening, you might want to try these fun reading comprehension sheets
  4. Since there are so many creative souls out there, here is another option for worksheets on reading comprehension and recall.
  5. Bookmarks can be a great way to keep your kid interested in longer books - help your kiddo create one of these silly big nose monster bookmarks.
  6. How about these fun book marks with buttons if monsters aren't cool at your house. 



Do you still read aloud with your kids?  What kind of books do your school-aged kids read? Do you read them too?





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***Image from jana_koll


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