2016 Read-Alouds

This year has been a year of change in the way we read-aloud. We are still reading but it’s gotten harder to be consistent with bedtime reads as the kids have gotten older and have more evening activities. For years, I have juggled more than one book at bedtime. Usually that meant one book for the youngest and one book for the two older boys. We also typically had a separate read-aloud going at lunchtime.

At some point this year we transitioned to only having one book to read at night. Overall, I think this has been a good thing. When we all read the same books together as a family it brings us together. We end up knowing the same jokes and get the same references. We can talk about the characters and muse about what will happen next. There aren’t a lot of things that a 13 year old boy and a 7 year old girl have in common. John and Ruth love each other (most of the time) but the fact is that a six year age gap means that there aren’t a lot of shared interests. Except for books.

I asked all three kids separately what their favorite books from the list were. Ruth said “The Doll People, Harry Potter and Narnia.” David said “The Doll People, Harry Potter and Narnia.” John said “A Pocketful of Murder, Harry Potter and Narnia”. For audiobooks they all three named the Gregor the Overlander series and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Places series (for which we are anxiously awaiting the next one on hold at our library). The fact that they all had the same favorites reflects that books are really central to our family culture.

I may go back to reading some thing separately next year. There are books that I want to share with Ruth that I think the boys will be less interested in. There are books that I want to share with Ruth and David that John has already read. But it’s nice to have reached the sweet spot where there are plenty of books that all three kids can truly enjoy.

Read Alouds:
The South Pole Pig by Chris Kurt
The Mystery at Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith
Pocahantas by Joseph Bruhac
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Mossflower by Brian Jacques
A Pocketful of Murder by R. J. Anderson
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
The Tolkien Letters by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Doll People by Ann M. Martin
The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin
The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin

The Doll People Set Sail by Ann M. Martin
Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

Audiobooks:
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliot
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright

Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood

One thought on “2016 Read-Alouds

  1. It’s hard to find a happy medium with the various ages, isn’t it? Mine this year has been to let S do part of the reading aloud, a solution I admit to not loving (because I’m a greedy reader).

    I’m always inspired by the amount of audiobooks y’all consume. One day my little boys will be on board for more mature titles!

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