Reading has the ability to transport us to distant times and faraway places. Reading aloud to our children, no matter their age is also a great way to build relationships with them and make precious memories. It also plays an major role in Once-A-Week Unit Studies.
Interestingly, by simply exposing our children to quality literature, we are also teaching them the mechanics of great writing!
Here is a short list of some of the many books we have enjoyed as a family. We hope you love them as much as we do!
Old Mother Westwind (Thornton Burgess)
Any Dr. Seuss/Theo LeSieg books
Any and all Amelia Bedelia books (Peggy Parish)
P.D. Eastman books like:
Sam and the Firefly
Are You My Mother
The Best Nest
Go Dog Go
Big Dog, Little Dog
Books by Virginia Lee Burton like:
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Little House
Katy and the Big Snow
Books by Robert McCloskey like:
Make Way For Ducklings
Blueberries for Sal
Homer Price
Books by Steven Kellogg like:
Chicken Little
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
Paul Bunyan
Johnny Appleseed
Hans Christian Anderson Books like:
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Ugly Ducking
The Berenstain Bear books (Stan and Jan Berenstain)
The Story about Ping
Henny Penny
The Little Red Hen
The Biggest Bear
Any of the Billy and Blaze series
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The Napping House
May I Bring a Friend
The Little Engine that Could
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Wind in the Willows
Stone Soup
Millions of Cats
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harry the Dirty Dog series
The Phantom Toll Booth
Twenty and Ten
The Little House on the Prairie series
The Borrowers
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (don’t worry, it’s not about witches)
Watership Down
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Little Women
Little Men
Madeleine L’engles trilogy:
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Travels with Charlie
Pilgrim’s Progress (the children version)
The Golden Goblet
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day
God’s Smuggler
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
The Chronicles of Narnia series
The Bronze Bow
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Cay
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Charlotte’s Web
Misty of Chincoteague
Big Red
I am David (Alternate title- North to Freedom)
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Yearling
The Swiss Family Robinson
Robinson Crusoe
My Side of the Mountain
Bridge to Teribithia
The Black Stallion
The Incredible Journey
The Call of the Wild
White Fang
The Saturdays