True confession: I didn’t grow up as a reader.
I don’t have a ton of books that were my favorite during childhood. I did, however, want that for my kids. Which, I believe I actually succeeded very well. My children have very fond memories of books that I read aloud to them growing up.
Sadly, the books took quite a beating over the years. We don’t have them anymore–mere paper had no chance of survival in our household.
The plan is to track down old family friends and restock our home with read-alouds for our grandchildren–and let you in on the list.
Although, I have to tell you, I am a book snob. Especially when it comes to children’s books.
Yes, I absolutely do judge a book by its cover.
The artwork must be engaging.
Also, the truth is, there has to be a good rhythm as you read. That’s one of the ways a good children’s book engages its young readers.
Most of all, I have to enjoy it. As selfish as that sounds, it’s true. I can handle mind-numbing jibberish. Think Dr. Seuss. Spare me, the fondness–it is mind numbing.
Here’s what I consider great read alouds that you won’t make you crazy after the 27th time of being asked to read it!.
- King Bidgood’s In The Bathtub
“Help, Help cried the page. King Bidgood’s in the bathtub and he won’t get out. Who knows what to do?”
“One berry, two berry, my berry your berry…”
- Going on a Bear Hunt
This book has the best cadence ever. In fact, it has been turned into one of those “songs” that you can sit together in a circle and clap your hands to the rhythm.
- We Were Tired of Living in a House
My all time favorite.
In this story, you will find all the elements you could ever want in a children’s book. The art, the rhythm and to top it off, there’s a moral of the story at the end.
That’s my top four to get you started.
But I needed a bit of help with the older kids. So I found this list over at ask granny.com
“Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, written in 1908. This is the story of four animal friends and all their adventures on the bank of a river in the English Countryside.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, written in 1935. Follow the story of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton, written in 1953. Meet a family of miniature people living in the floorboards of an old country home, right along with the humans living overhead.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, written in 1987. In this adventure a young boy survives a plane crash and is stranded alone on a wooded island.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, written in 1989. This is the story of ten-year-old AnneMarie who helps shelter her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Denmark.”
Did you grow up with favorites? If so, please share in the comments. Let’s introduce this techie-generation to another world–before it’s forgotten.