The most important thing you can do for your child is read to them! Here is a list of the great family read a louds. Do you want to make sure your child gets the best education they can? Do you want to ensure that your child has a head start in academics? If so, then the most important thing you can do for your child is read to them! A study completed years ago titled, “Becoming a Nation of Readers” found that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success is reading”. Research has also found that reading is an accrued skill. Meaning that the more you do it, the better you get at it. Reading to a child at a young age encourages them to read later in life. It becomes a habit, it is ingrained in them, and honestly, it helps them to develop a love of literature. So, what are the best read a louds for families? Here are a few of my favorites! The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Stuart Little by A.A. Milne. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Paddington by Michael Bond. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. The Illustrated Collections by Usborne Books and More. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. These are just a few of some of our family's favorite read a louds! Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling. Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real-life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real-life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.