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 engrained 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 families favorite read a louds!
Misty Bailey planned on being a public school teacher, not a work at home, homeschool mom to three. But in 2009 God changed her plans! She now LOVES helping and encouraging new homeschoolers, and sharing everyday tips and encouragement on her blog Joy in the Journey.