We read out loud a lot to our younger two all year, but we do many more family read alouds during the colder months. When it’s light and warm out after dinner, we’re playing outside. When it’s not, we’re cozied up with hot tea and good books.
These are the books my younger kids are loving right now. (My older kids love to listen in, and sometimes they’ll even do the reading.)
The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
All of my kids–ages 3 to 10–love this book and think it’s hysterical, especially the Peach Crayon. (You’ll see what I mean.) We checked this one out of the library so many times we finally gave it to the kids for St. Nicholas Day.
Press Here, Henré Tullet
My three-year-old adores this unique book. (Last year he was still a little young for it, but it’s perfect for threes and fours.) We get to the end and we read it again (and again). But it’s so fun to read together I don’t min
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
This whimsical book just came out in 2011, but it feels like a classic, and for some reason it always comes into heavy rotation in the winter months. My three-year-old is obsessed with trains, but he still likes this book much more than the newly released Steam Train, Dream Train from the same authors.
Reading aloud to the older kids
We read aloud to the older kids too, especially during the colder months. We try to pick books that will engage my eight-year-old and ten-year-old without boring the younger kids to tears.
We’re reading through the Ivy and Bean books with my six-year-old (and whoever else wants to listen), because she sees my eight-year-old enjoying them but can’t yet read them by herself.
I’m trying to talk the kids into reading (or listening to) The Mysterious Benedict Society. I read it and loved it and think they would too, but they don’t like the cover. (Sigh).
When this has happened in the past, the most effective strategy has been to just start reading it out loud when everyone’s in the living room, and seeing if their ears perk up. (They usually do.) I hope they’re interested, because I’ve had Book 2 on my nightstand for a few weeks, but I’ve been waiting to dive in, hoping that we can read it together.
What are you reading aloud right now ?