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Fifteen Favorite Children’s Read-Alouds – Part 2

Missed last week’s post with Part 1 of Fifteen Favorite Children’s Read-Alouds? Read it here.

Picking up where we left off last week, here are four more of our favorite children’s read-alouds:

5. The Story of Ferdinand — The girls never tire of this story and it always produces a plethora of questions on bull-fighting, bees and everything in-between.

6. Keep the Lights Burning Abbie— This is one of Kathrynne’s most-loved stories. It’s a beautiful tale of a girl who shows great responsibility and determination to stick to her commitments — in spite of great difficulty.

7. Caps for Sale — Despite how many times we’ve read this book, it never ceases to capture the girls’ complete attention. They find it fascinating. Plus, it offers lots of opportunities for us to discuss entrepreneurialism and how “way back when” people really had to get creative when it came to earning a living.

8. Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm — With absolutely gorgeous and detailed artwork, this book has the rich phrases of the 103rd Psalm contained in it. If your children are anything like mine, they will want to spend a great deal of time just studying the pictures.

Part 3 coming early next week…

This post is brought to you in part by HarperCollins and the Borders Double Dog Dare You Reading program. Kids 12 and under can join the Borders Double Dog Dare You Reading program and earn a free book when they read 10 books. Just fill out this form and bring it in to any Borders, Waldenbooks, or Borders express store by August 26, 2010 to participate in this program. Find more Summer Reading Programs here.

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  • Mommy Cow says:

    We love Caps For Sale. That one gets read over and over as my daughter shakes her fists at the monkeys with him.

  • Jessica Fernandez says:

    thanks for this list new mom here and well i didn’t read much as child but love to read now with my kids!

  • Noah says:

    Caps for Sale and Ferdinand are two books I remember having read to me as a child. LOVE them. I’ll have to get them at the library to read to my kiddos.

  • Julia says:

    I just love your list! We just received a gently used copy of Caps for Sale at a birthday party book exchange. The other books this week look wonderful–I’ll be perusing the library for them soon!

  • Megan says:

    i have that exact same tattoo of ferdinand the bull on my arm!

  • Faiza says:

    For anyone looking for more suggestions for read aloud books, please check out the “Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. He gives hundreds of suggestions on books to read aloud to your kids at each age level. He also has a very informative website.

  • Roni says:

    I love Ferdinand, I had the book as a child in Spanish and English. For some reason I preferred the Spanish version.

  • Caroline says:

    I got Caps for Sale from the library a few months ago and my husband, who doesn’t read much, looked at it and exclaimed “I loved this book as a kid!” Then when I got Ferdinand out a few weeks ago, he’d never heard of it. Love your list!

  • Tina says:

    Love this series! Always look for new ideas for books to borrow from the library 🙂

  • Cori says:

    We love, love, love Caps for Sale! One of our most favorite books!
    Its not rare to hear “YOU MONKEY YOU” in this house, its a great way to diffuse a 4 year olds temper!!!
    We borrowed Circus Caps for Sale from the library and it was just okay, definitely not the same level of fun!

  • kathleen says:

    i had and loved ferinand when i was young. when i had my first son i searched high and low for it the problem was i could not remeber the name. just what it was about and the front looked like. i asked all over and no one knew what i was talking about. so finally me and a friend went in a bookstore and search every book until i found it. i was so happy when i did! i love reading it to my children now and hope that they have fond memories of reading when they get older just as i did.

  • Sirena Sampson says:

    I’m writing all these down!
    A few of my faves are –
    The Chair Where Bear Sits by Lee Wardlaw
    Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin
    Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
    Peabody by Rosemary Wells
    Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
    McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells
    The Golly Sister Go West by Betsy Byars
    Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl Buck
    I could go on and on…. and I’m only an auntie yet!

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