I’ve been planning out what books I want to personally read for the last two years. It’s been such a helpful thing that I decided it was high time I start doing this for our read-alouds, too.
37 read alouds might seem like a lot to some, but reading is a very big part of our lives. I feel like raising my children to love learning and teaching them how to love good books is one of the greatest gifts I can give to them as a mom. Therefore, we do a lot of reading at our house. And we’ve sought to weave it into our everyday lives so that it just naturally happens.
As you’ll notice, we typically combine meals and reading aloud. My mom often read to us at lunch when I was growing up and I loved it, so we’re carrying on the tradition in our home, too. I’ve also been meeting one-on-one with each child each weekday and we usually spend at least 15 to 20 minutes of that time reading a book together.
By just doing these things, I’ve been amazed at how much reading we get through. It also helps that my kids are usually begging for me to read extra chapters since I try to choose books that will be especially engaging to them.
If you want to start reading aloud to your children but you have no idea where to begin, check out my post with tips on how to start reading aloud to your children. For more book ideas, check out this list of Books We Read Aloud in 2011 and our list of Books We Read Aloud in 2012.
Please note: Most of these books are ones we haven’t read before. Therefore, just because they are on my list does not mean I am endorsing them.
Devotionals (Breakfast Read Alouds)
Dinner Table Read-Alouds
To Read Aloud With Kathrynne (She’ll be 8 this month.)
To Read Aloud With Kaitlynn (She’ll be 6 in June.)
To Read Aloud With Silas (He’ll be 4 in May.)
Do you have any books you’re planning to read together as a family this year?