We all know the benefits of reading to our children. It stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills while preparing them to understand the written word. Continue reading to your children long after they can read by themselves. This special quality time of adventure and discovery can be shared together as a family.
10 Best Read-Aloud for the Whole Family
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein – one of my family’s go-to’s on road trips. (I also stand by my unpopular opinion that the Hobbit is better than the LOTR series.)
- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol
- Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie – the Disney movie just isn’t the same. If you haven’t read the book, you should. (Dwane Thomas’ students: Look for Mr. Darling’s Latin jokes – they had me in stitches!)
- Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne – if you’ve only ever seen the cartoon, you’re missing out. The books are clever, witty, and adorable.
- Christian Heroes: Then & Now, Janet and Geoff Benge – a missionary biography series. I remember my mom reading these aloud to us when we were kids. Some of my favorites were Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward, William Carey, George Muller, and Hudson Taylor.
- The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
- The Little Prince, Antoine de St. Exupery
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
- Robinson Crusoe
- Little Women/Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
A few tips for Family Reading Time.
If you’re just starting family reading time you might consider a few of these helpful tips:
1.Schedule the time! If you need to set the same time every day or night, be sure everyone is available. Make this a habit. It’s no fun trying to catch someone up who missed three chapters. Be together.
2. Avoid distractions. Turn off phones, notifications, etc. Don’t plan family reading time during the Super Bowl or The Masters when some family members might want to rush a chapter.
3. Get comfortable. Pillows, blankets, jammies, and snacks are all welcome as long as everyone is engaged. Of course, if these become distractions remove them.
4. Watch the movie! We know, we know. 99% of the time the book is always better than the movie. After reading the book consider watching the movie together. This leads to great discussions as well as help for someone who might have gotten lost in a chapter or two.