a list of great read alouds
For 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 Out – Emily 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 Children – Gertrude 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 Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall. A story of friendship and filled with the gentle magic of a family’s summertime holiday in Western Massachusetts.
4. Tales of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo. Lyrical fantasy with off-beat heroes: a mouse, a rat, and a unlikely princess
5. Rascal – Sterling 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 Wanderer – Sharon Creech. A story of a journey, past and present, told through 2 kids’ travel logs during a transatlantic trip on their Uncle’s boat.