Poignant, sad and yet beautiful in the end. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is the tale of a beloved toy finding its way back to the arms of a child. The gorgeous writing alone makes it worth reading aloud. In this case, magic is replaced with Greek mythology. Percy must come to terms with his demigod lineage and the reality of a world filled with minotaurs, chimeras, and vengeful titans. Contemporary cultural references and a prior interest in mythology by my kids made these five books and the first two of the follow-up series riveting bedtime reads.
It proved a fun race to see who recognized each myth first. So you know the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, but do you know how they got to Neverland, and why Peter will never grow up?
Peter and the Starcatchers and its sequels tell a great tale that serves as a backstory to the tales you know. Great fun, if you know the original story. Savvy by Ingrid Law is a coming-of-age story about a special family whose members are each blessed or cursed with a special ability. For Mibs Beaumont, her gift comes at a critical time when her father is recovering from a terrible accident. Reading Savvy sparked several bedtime conversations.
Law has turned the premise into a series with Scumble released as the follow-up in Calling all dreamers… Poetry is made to be read out loud and no modern poet captures the spirit of childhood imagination and play better than Shel Silverstein. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a book about a cat and a group of rats who run the perfect pied piper scheme… or at least, try to. Only Terry Pratchett could write animal characters this smart, yet still somehow believable.
This book does technically take place in Discworld, but is much more aimed at kids than are the usual Discworld books. This would be a great book for anyone who saw The Secret World of Arrietty , which was loosely based on it.
You think you had an unusual childhood? Try growing up raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Strange, creepy, and altogether wonderful. Here the characters are the stars. Reading a conservative mole, an adventurous water rat and a profligate toad is wonderful fun. The Cartoon History of the Universe is a series of wonderfully researched historical stories, spread over several volumes that cover the beginning of the Universe through modern times. The content by author Larry Gonick does not shy away from the role violence and sex play in our past, however, making it a reading choice that may not fit some parenting styles.
The subject matter benefits from a read-along parental guide and provides a great and lasting foundation for future learning. It has a lovely fairy-tale sensibility and makes for fantastic bedtime reading — and is quite a bit better than the animated movie it inspired. Jonathan Liu. I discovered the Far Flung Adventures trilogy only recently but had a great time reading them out loud to my daughter. Each book is a stand-alone story, although there are some overlapping characters and locations throughout. The three title characters Fergus Crane, Corby Flood, and Hugo Pepper each have wonderful, exciting adventures that are fun to listen to, and the illustrations by Chris Riddell are brilliant.
Henry Mulligan is the lead genius of the tales, but the adventures require a team effort and normalize science and technology as a way to solve problems. Everything is told from the perspective of Charlie, one of the members of the MSC.
The colloquial language makes it a great platform for attempting different character voices. The Mouse and His Child was written in but it can still give Pixar a run for its money when it comes to storytelling. All your favorite characters are here along with a great bit of humor and a fleshed out story.
The Princess Bride is definitely worth reading to your child when they are home with the flu. Reading aloud gives plenty of opportunity for talking and provides discussion points for talking about relationships with siblings. If you can find an earlier print pre , the book will contain some fun illustrations by Roy Doty.
Little hands can reach in, but the lid seals up while they munch. Normally if a person placed a candle in the street, and a straw-bearing donkey brushed by too close, the owner of the candle would be responsible for the ensuing conflagration. In this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish , Ellie invites Melvin to help with a science fair project, considers dating her friend Raj, and mourns the death of her beloved cat. As a child I was known as the family artist. In their merit, the A-mighty, Blessed by He, enabled us to redeem ourselves and to defeat those, who planned to murder us in Using wooden scraps and cinder blocks, they manage to make a large menorah and tie it down to the roof of a station wagon.
Dave Banks. This E. Orphan Lewis Barnavelt goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a wizard. Along with the next-door witch, Lewis must find a magic clock hidden in the walls of the house before it destroys the world. This is the first and best book in a Lewis Barnavelt series that spans a dozen books, so if you enjoy it, there are plenty more. I think my first encounter with James and the Giant Peach was in 5th grade, when my teacher read it aloud to the class, and it hooked me on Roald Dahl.
No fantasy or sci-fi, but lots of imagination and pitch-perfect portrayals of sibling relationships. Is there any book that plays with language and learning quite like The Phantom Tollbooth? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Save the movies for later — let them exercise their imagination as they savor the descriptions of the most unusual candy factory ever conceived. Kathy Ceceri.
The Silver Crown is another Robert C. She is soon caught up in a series of events that lead her and another boy to confront a sinister plot that threatens all that is good and free in the world. Roy Wood. The House of Dies Drear , the novel by Virginia Hamilton, was positively creepy when it was first read to me in 4th grade.
Thomas Small, a year-old African American boy, moves into an Ohio house that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Strange and scary things begin to happen. A great and atmosphere book that combines American history and suspense. Ethan Gilsdorf.
Kids will appreciate the nurturing and reassuring story, while parents will try not to get choked up reading about sacrifice and love in this tale of the human condition. The quirkily comic story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy whose family has been cursed for three generations. Stanley is falsely accused of a crime, and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a reform camp for boys. Stanley meets a slew of oddball characters and encounters a bizarre string of misadventures that end in a surprising twist.
Holes is wonderful in many ways, though I was particularly delighted with how the author manages to blend comic absurdity and compassion for the characters so skillfully. I did not experience The Little House books until I read them to my kids. I loved how well she conveyed the life of a pioneer family.
A series to grow with through the years. Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, and is special in this world of fantasy contained in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, aimed at kids 9 and up. This continuing series, now with six books, is compelling to young adults and grown-ups alike, which makes it perfect to read aloud together.
Each book in the series tackles another chapter in the life of Septimus Heap, his family, and his friends. Wizards, magic, royalty, mysteries, and secrets await you and your children! Jenny Williams. So few books feature girls who are smart and resourceful.
From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of the earliest and best. A sister takes her little brother and runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum, learning about Michelangelo — introducing readers to fine art and twentieth century urban life at the same time. Disparate and quirky backgrounds bring four children together to work to fight evil and, occasionally, to save the world.
Their suspenseful adventures will keep you guessing about just how they will solve the mysteries and get out of trouble. Grown-ups help in the stories as needed, but the kids are the real heroes. These are perfect for particularly intelligent kids and grown-ups to read together. This pair of books will have you and your kids in stitches, laughing out loud while you cheer on the unusual protagonists and jeer the bad guys.
Written for kids age 9 and up, these tales of adventure are perfect to enjoy aloud with your children. Plenty of train action, but also an engaging story of kids who pull together to save their family. Stuart Little is the story of a mouse-shaped boy on an adventure. Read it to your kids before they see the movie if you want them to appreciate its quiet, magical tone.
Another book that made my Stories About Girls series, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon weaves together many Chinese folktales into a longer story about a girl and a dragon on a quest. As with the best folktales, these are best spoken aloud.
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Another classic, Winnie-the-Pooh came out in if you can believe it.