Fact about read-alouds: they can be either really fun or realllllly boring. It can be hard to judge which books will fall into the fun category. I’ve read a few that seemed like obvious choices and was surprised when my girls didn’t enjoy them all that much (Goodbye, Wizard of Oz, we won’t be reading you again anytime soon.)
Here are a few that were definite hits with my family:
The Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald
Personally, I find these stories a little annoying, but the girls adore them. ADORE. Luckily for them (maybe not so much for me), we own the treasury so we won’t run out of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle stories for a long, long time.
The Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers
We’ve actually only ever read Mary Poppins in the Park, because I’ve had a hard time finding copies of the others. We loved what we did have a chance to read, though, and this reminds me that I need to buy my own copies since the library has let me down on the Mary Poppins front.
The Sarah Plain and Tall books by Patricia MacLachlan
We haven’t fully finished this series yet, either, but I absolutely adore them. They’re so simple, yet so beautiful. I dare anyone to read them and not love Caleb.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
We’re only in the middle of the first book, so I can’t be too definite, but so far I think that this is one of the best books I’ve read to my kids all year. It’s hilarious and adorable and I LOVE the illustrations. They pretty much reeled me in from the beginning, so I’m happy that the book is as good as the pictures.
What do you like to read aloud to your kids? Any from your own childhood?
You can see the rest of the series here.