Read-Aloud books are a highlight in many homes; ours in no exception. We've slowed our pace over the past couple of months, only reading two summer stories together. Hannah and I are both ready to pick things up once school begins next week.
Typically, we close out our school day with this activity. Once we've worked through our other studies (the littlest sleeps through the whole thing most days) we make a snack, grab our surf blanket and head outside to read. For other families bedtime proves the most opportune time. Still others utilize some weekend space for this.
Regardless of when we read to our kids, I think you'd agree that these moments are often memorable ones. The stories awaken our hearts. Our children ask questions that just wouldn't surface in other settings. Together, we travel with orphans and animals, knights and slaves, precocious girls and brave young boys through the ups and downs of their lives on these pages and beyond.
Not everyday is compelling. If the truth be told, I nodded off a time or two while reading aloud to Hannah last year. I also came to understand that a child who wiggles her way through this time is in fact listening. My hair was braided, mud pies were formed and grass was picked with each turning page.
When we slow down long enough to enter into a story with our children we're giving them a gift. We're helping to ignite their young imaginations - to foster ideas, values and characteristics that are often better caught through literature than taught. And we're giving them our time.
Here are some of the books we're planning on reading this year:
The Moffats by, Eleanor Estes
Along Came A Dog by, Meindert DeJong
The Wind and the Willows by, Kenneth Grahame
Strawberry Girl by, Lois Lenski
The Trumpet of the Swan by, E.B. White
The Railway Children by, E. Nesbit
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking by, Astrid Lindgren
Thee Hannah by, Marguerite de Angeli
The Secret Garden by, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Hundred Dresses by, Eleanor Estes
Magical Melons: More Stories about Caddie Woodlawn by, Carol Brink
What are your favorite stories? Let's keep the list going!