a list of great read alouds

Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 5.19.44 PMFor anyone looking to mark a summer vacation with a good read aloud for your kids, we thought we’d share some favorites of the past few years.  This handful of summer read-alouds include ones that are particularly lyrical, head outside, or are infused with high adventure. They are favorites because they worked well for everyone (i.e. a range of ages) and were long enough to dive into night after night.  They are listed best for younger ones first.

1. Toys Go OutEmily Jenkins. Whimsical, gentle, and funny stories from the perspective of a stuffed buffalo, a stingray, and a plastic ball. Fun for the youngest listeners, delightful for all.

2. The Boxcar ChildrenGertrude Chandler Warner. A large collection of adventures from the 1940’s of 4 orphaned children who go it on their own and care for one another.

3. The PenderwicksJeanne Birdsall. A story of friendship and filled with the gentle magic of a family’s summertime holiday in Western Massachusetts.

4. Tales of DespereauxKate DiCamillo. Lyrical fantasy with off-beat heroes: a mouse, a rat, and a unlikely princess

5. RascalSterling North. A lovely story about a boy’s friendship and outside adventures with an adopted raccoon.

6. Hoot Carl Hiaasen. A Floridian eco-mystery with of memorable characters, fast action, and brave kids. Also by Carl Hiaasen: Flush, Chomp, and Scat.

7. The WandererSharon Creech. A story of a journey, past and present, told through 2 kids’ travel logs during a transatlantic trip on their Uncle’s boat.

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