While most families are at home, this might be a good time to bring out some tried-and-true family read-aloud favorites. They could be read at home, or, if you are a grandparent or an aunt, uncle, or friend, maybe you might like to read a chapter or two remotely to the younger set each day via one of the many live video chat platforms available.
When a high school student from France visited, I asked what books he read in his English class, the way classes in the US often read Le Petit Prince. His answer: Roald Dahl.
This is just an all around great read!
You loved the humor and adventure…and [now] you’ll marvel at [the book’s] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time. —Entertainment Weekly
As Kate DiCamillo notes in her forward in this special 60th anniversary edition, “every word of the book shows us how we can bear the triumphs and despairs, the wonders and the heartbreaks, the small and large glories and tragedies of being here. We can bear it all by loving it all.”
When our son was little, our family commuted forty-five minutes morning and night to school and work. Reading aloud was a perfect way to pass the time, and this was one of the books we read.
A tale featuring an optimistic mouse on an adventurous journey to find his friend.
My grandmother read this to me. I still hear her voice.
A heartwarming story chronicling the adventures of two dogs and a cat finding their way home through the Canadian wilderness. Superb; for pet lovers everywhere!
A fascinating collection of some of the oldest known recorded folktales. Alladin’s Lamp and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves are among the best known, but there are many others. Together they show that while technology has changed dramatically, basic human nature has not wavered for thousands of years. Some of our son’s favorite read-aloud stories when he was little.