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Books To Read Aloud

November 28, 2011

Michelle and Andy are reading aloud to their four-year-old son. They’ve read Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books, and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

I promised them a nice big list of good read-aloud chapter books:

The BFG by Roald Dahl. Hooray for snozzcumbers!

The Wind in The Willows– Kenneth Grahame. The key here is to have a lovely illustrated version. I don’t know if the story merits as much love as I have for this book… I think I’m mostly loving the illustrations, though. Dad read it to me when I was around Milo’s age.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Some of the bits will sail over Milo’s head, but he’ll come back once he’s reading to himself, and will love it.

The Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Other fairy tales and fables from various cultures… I’m still assembling a list.

A good poetry collection or two: The Random House Book of Poetry For Children is a bit hefty to prop up reading, but I remember that was the book I had read to me where I recognized a word Mom was reading aloud, for the first time.

Speaking of poetry: Shel Silverstein. Any of his collections would work. They’re short, not great for sustained read aloud cuddling, but good for a fast, snackable bunch of good words.

Two that are so out of print/hard to find it’s almost cruel to put them on the list:

The Last Elegant Bear– Dennis Kyte. I still have my copy. The illustrations are glorious.

Alligator Pie– Dennis Lee.  Fun poems and rhymes, by a Canadian author.


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