4 Books to Read Aloud

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My almost-four year old daughter has recently discovered the joys of having me read-aloud to her.

And, as a former children’s librarian, I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

I love picture books, but chapter books are my true book love. Finally getting to share that with my child is like magic.

If you’re looking for some suggestions for books to read to your child (especially as summer approaches!), here are four that we’ve loved, that are great for boys and girls alike.

Books to Read Aloud

Written by: Janssen Bradshaw of Everyday Reading

  1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. If you’re living a boring and dangerous life as a mouse living in a rundown hotel, there’s not much that could be more exciting than discovering a motorcycle just your size. (Also, a ping-pong ball helmet just gets me every time).
  2. Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith. This story of a pig who wants to herd sheep like his adopted canine mother. I was reading this to my daughter during a road-trip and when she fell asleep, my husband requested that I keep reading. When you’re done, watch the movie together.
  3. Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. This is possibly my favorite book we’ve read together. This series was new to me, but it is darling. Told from the point of view of three toys, it’s just delightful.
  4. Betsy and Billy by Carolyn Haywood. This old-fashioned book about life in first grade is just too sweet. And the illustrations are pitch-perfect. This was the first series that my daughter really loved and launched our chapter-book reading days.

What have you loved reading aloud with your children?


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