How’s the reading aloud going in your neck of the woods? It’s slow but steady ’round these parts. Amid a topsy-turvy summer schedule (or lack thereof) and a week-long trip to Dauphin Island, we’ve managed to finish two chapter books and read a number of picture books for the library summer reading program. Lulu thinks she’s mostly outgrown picture books, but Louise still willingly hangs around for them. (Lulu will listen in, but she would probably never ask for a picture book now.) I mostly feel remorseful when I think about how much I read aloud to the girls when they were the DLM’s and even Benny’s age. Sigh. (Yes, I know that our family situation is different now. I get that. However, it doesn’t make me feel any better.)
So. I’m turning over a new leaf in the read-aloud department as far as the boys are concerned. I’m still figuring out what formal (ish) plans I’ll have for the DLM once we start back on our school schedule in a few weeks. Whatever they are, they will include a good bit of reading aloud. It’s what I do, and it’s what he needs. :-) Today I wanted to share a few things he’s been enjoying lately, aside from Curious George, Franklin, and any sort of superhero/Lego/whathaveyou book he can convince me to bring home from the library.
This Target find is a current favorite of the DLM’s. I’m not usually a fan of books like this–lots of flaps and doors to peek behind, but little in the way of literary quality. ;-) However, if mothering (and reading to) a boy for four years has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that informational books about vehicles and tools are big stuff (even more here), and a little action on the page is fun. Priddy books are some of the best.
I’ve made a conscious effort on at least one library trip to gather up several books by one author in order to be a little more thoughtful and methodical in my reading aloud to the DLM. The author I chose was Karma Wilson because I happened to pick up one of her books and remember how much fun they are. She’s a very prolific author, and one that preschoolers, grade schoolers, and even adults can enjoy. So far as I can tell, all of her books contain two elements: rhyme and humor. It’s hard to go wrong with that combination. These are the ones we’ve enjoyed the past couple of weeks and Highly Recommend:
If I feel guilty about the amount of quality time I spend reading to the DLM, you can double that for Benny. This little guy has watched more television than all his siblings combined had watched at his age, and he has had infinitely fewer books read to him. :-( (It’s one of those things that I always thought I’d never allow to be as a parent, but I’m finding some things are more out of my control than I like to think they are. ;-) ) My new reading leaf I’m turning over for him is to read through a stack of four or five well-loved board books on the days that we’re home for him to nap just before he goes to sleep. I’m keeping them on my table beside the rocking chair, and I’ll switch them out every week or two. Here are our current picks:
The girls and I (with the DLM tagging along and surprising me repeatedly with how much he takes in) have enjoyed two chapter books this month: 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.
Both of these were challenge books. We read 101 Dalmatians for Carrie’s Classics Bookclub. I am the hostess this month, so this was a pick from my Classics Club list. You can read my thoughts about it in Carrie’s wrap-up post for this month’s bookclub. We read The Horse and His Boy for Carrie’s Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge. It’s always a pleasure to be back in Narnia again. :-) Next up for us is Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls, author of Where the Red Fern Grows. I’ve never read it but have heard it’s hilarious. I’m keeping my tissue ready, though, just in case. ;-)
One more thing–have you been over to Sarah Clarkson’s new site, Storyformed, to poke around? It’s still new, but I think it’s going to be a good read-aloud resource.
What have you been reading aloud this month? Leave a comment or link up your blog post(s) below.
Happy Read Aloud Thursday!