2016-17 Read Alouds

I'm just saving our booklist for the year before updating it for the 2017-18 school year ahead.

Books read to the 6 and under set (with Nature Angel and Little Princess occasionally listening in):
Capyboppy by Bill Peet
McBroom's Wonderful One Acre Farm by Sid Fleischman
James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Apple and the Arrow by Conrad Buff
The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess
The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
The Adventures of Danny Meadowmouse by Thornton W. Burgess
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Hands down, their favorite read of the year!)
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Ralph S Mouse by Beverly Cleary
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W Burgess
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Paddle-to-the-Sea by H. C. Holling
Sophie's Tom by Dick King-Smith
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
Seabird by H.C. Holling
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Socks by Beverly Cleary
Minn of the Mississippi by H.C. Holling (This one was hard for the littles)
Teddy & Co. by Cynthia Voight
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Word of Mouse by James Patterson (I don't recommend this one)
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

Books read to the 7-and-up set:
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Green Ember by S. D. Smith 
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Christmas Gift by Lucy Agnes Hancock
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken 
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  (We excused Nature Angel and Little Princess from the most graphic decapitation/war scenes)
Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star-Namer by Peggy Miracle Consolver
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Dickens wins as our favorite author of the year for reading aloud!  I must admit, though, that Jane Austen probably wins as the older girls' favorite for personal reading.

It's getting harder to read aloud to the teens; they're gone more and more in the evenings.  We like reading aloud together, though . . . I wonder if there's another way.

It may be time to combine Mister Man and Ladybug with Nature Angel and Little Princess for evening reading and save reading with the oldest girls for the two nights each week we've reserved for them to be surely home.


  1. Your children will surely grow up with beautiful minds. Way to go!


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