Monday, June 11, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Read Alouds

I am joining the wonderful bloggers at iHomeschool Network for 10 in 10, Ten Weeks of Top Ten Lists.  This week's feature is:

1.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin and Eric Carle

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An oldie but a goodie.  Because of the repetition in this story, it is an easy book for my non-readers to pick up on.  There are also so many activities you can use to go along with this book.  We love the M&M sorting mat (Making Learning Fun) and printable pack (1plus1plus1equals1).

2.  If You're Angry and You Know It! by Cecily Kaiser

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I am always looking for ways to teach social skills in a fun and interactive way.  This book can be sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" while teaching children ways to resolve their anger.  We usually stand up and spread out so that we can also incorporate movement.

3.  Love You Forever  by Robert Munsch

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"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."                                                                                                             

I have to admit the very first time I read this book I was an adult and it brought tears to my eyes.  Now that we also have four adopted children I feel very strongly that the message this book conveys is one that needs to be repeated over and over.  

4.  Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
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This is one my husband reads to the kids.  Since he speaks fluent Spanish he is awesome at doing the voice with an accent.  I am not sure who enjoys it more, Daniel or the kids.

5.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
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A humorous twist of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Ever had one of those?  Maybe next time you do perhaps you should read this book.

6.  Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
(Note: All of her books are must-haves for help in teaching social skills!)
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For our children with PDD-NOS (a form of autism), ADHD, SPD (sensory processing disorder), and any other acronym diagnosis this book is a helpful tool for teaching about "personal space".  It is a book you will want to read often if your children have a difficult time grasping that concept.  You can also do the activities with your children that the character in the book does.

7.  Flat Stanley Collection by Jeff Brown
The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set
This is about Stanley who was an average boy until the night his bulletin board fell on him and flattened him.  Oh the adventures he has!  You can make your own Flat Stanley and mail him just like in the story.  Check out some Flat Stanley ideas here.

8.  A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
A to Z Mysteries Complete 26-Book Set (The Absent Author, The Bald Bandit, The Canary Caper, The Dea
When our oldest child (who is now 20) was in second grade he became hooked on this series.  Unfortunately the entire series was not even written yet.  He was so disappointed.  Fortunately for you, the series (A to Z) is now complete.  These are great as read alouds or for the kids to read to you!

9.  Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
 The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13)
While preparing to write this blog post I asked our older children which books were their favorite read-alouds from their homeschooling days.  They both picked this series.  There are thirteen books total, but before you go and buy them, check your local library!  These books may have you shaking your head while you are reading.

10. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia Scholastic Box Set (Book One Through Book Seven)
I know, another box set.  These are classics.  Again, these are books we read with our older children.  (Although I only recall actually reading one book from this series.)  I enjoyed reading aloud so that we could have discussions throughout the book.  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is now also a movie you may enjoy watching together.

What are some of your favorite read-alouds?  Do you prefer reading or listening to audiobooks?

This Top Ten Tuesday link-up is hosted by Angie from Many Little Blessings.


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  1. Love you Forever always makes me giggle. I loved sitting and reading that when my children were oldest looked at it the other day..and asked if I was really going toclimb into his window!

  2. I see a few of my favorites made your list as well. Love you Forever is such a super special book and the Alexander tales are such fun. When my daughter was younger she listened to the A-Z Mysteries on tape (yup cassettes-boy are we low tech-lol). Thanks for sharing your favorites.

    1. Looking at your list reminded me of when I was in junior high. We actually acted out The Phantom Tollbooth. Fun times!


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