What We’ve Been Reading Aloud in September & October

I’m always curious as to what others are reading. I like to keep a running list in the notes app on my phone so when I’m at the library, I can find a new book for myself or my kids. So, I thought, someone might be interested to know what we’ve been reading during read-aloud time.

If you are looking for some good read-aloud books for your first grader, check out this post.

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

If you’ve never read this classic aloud to your children, do yourself a favor and read it! It’s a perfect read-aloud for younger kids because of the lovely illustrations by Garth Williams {my girls still really enjoy a good picture to help them visualize the characters and scene} and the talking animals. Charlotte’s Web is a sweet tale of friendship, loyalty, and the harsh realities of life. Be prepared to dry some tears. This book led us to a poignant talk about death and whether animals go to heaven or not (I wasn’t prepared for that one!). I also used it as a segue into a discussion on the qualities of a good friend: what we should look for in another person and how we ourselves can be a good friend.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Another great read-aloud for the younger audience, The Secret Garden has lots of appeal for children including a little girl from an exotic background, a boy who thinks he’s a rajah (because he’s spoiled rotten), another boy who befriends birds and animals, and a secret garden where they all play unbeknownst to the adults. This is a good book to talk about character and attitude. My girls were quick to point out how selfish and mean some of the characters were which led to some good discussions on (in)appropriate conduct and how we should treat others. Plus, the ending is sweet.

The Magic Tree House #15: Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne

If I can find one, I like to read a Magic Tree House book related to the time in history we’re studying, just because they add another dimension that we may not have touched on. When we read about Leif Erickson, I pulled out Viking Ships at Sunrise. The kids love the “Jack & Annie books,” as they call them. While these Vikings were not sailing to Greenland like Leif and his father Eric the Red, the descriptions of the Vikings in this book are very similar. They are Vikings, right? This book centers on Jack & Annie’s mission to save a manuscript from an Irish monastery that is the site of frequent Viking raids.

Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight

The original Lassie Come-Home was written in 1938, but this 1995 version, adapted by Rosemary Wells, is in a picture book format that your young children will love. The watercolor illustrations are lovely. My girls were hesitant to read this book until we dug into the text, and then we ended up reading the entire book in one sitting!Set in Scotland, this book traces Lassie’s 1,000 mile journey from his new owner back to his real home and the perils she faces along the way. My children felt compassion for Joe, whose father has to sell his dog in order for them to eat.The friendship and loyalty between a boy and his cherished dog is simply beautiful. Themes of poverty, social hierarchy, and cruelty to animals are presented, making for good discussions with young children.

The One Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

We actually listened to this one, our first audio book of novel length that the girls actually listened to. The One Hundred Dresses was one of my favorite books growing up. This book, which won the Newbery Award in 1945, also deals with friendships and how to treat others. The main character, Wanda Petronski, is bullied by the girls at school who taunt her because she claims to have 100 dresses yet wears the same faded blue one every day. Eventually, Wanda and her family move away because of the endless teasing, and one girl feels deep remorse for not standing up for Wanda. A beautiful story, perfect for children, that speaks of the importance of showing compassion even when others are not.

Currently, we’re reading…

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

I have never read the original Pinocchio before, but this edition is particularly endearing because of the watercolor illustrations. The short chapters keep even our younger children’s attention, and everyone wants to “keep reading!” But Pinocchio is a little scamp who, my oldest daughter repeatedly says, “Needs a spanking.” I love to watch her shake her head in disapproval as, again and again, Pinocchio makes the wrong decision, acting out of childish selfish desires and neglecting his poor Papa. Still, despite being a blockhead, Pinocchio has a heart of gold.

That’s what we’ve been reading lately.

Need some pointers on how to pick out read-aloud books? Check out this post.

What have you been reading aloud with your kiddos? 


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  1. Great list! I am making notes of some of these. The only read alouds that we HAVE ever been able to finish are American Girl books.

    • Thanks, Salena! I think it’s really tough to read chapter books to kids under 5 unless there are lots of illustrations. Cora has to be busy while we read or else she can’t pay attention at all. So, she and Annabeth color or do blocks while I read. I haven’t read the American Girl books yet, but I bet those are really good! I’ll add those to my list!

      • Josie loves people – stories about girls especially, so those have been good for her. She couldn’t have cared less for Wilbur and Charlotte:) What does Cora usually do when you are reading?

  2. We loved 100 hundred dresses! We have also read Charlotte’s Web aloud. My kids have read the Magic Tree House books, and really liked them.
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    • Yes, those are some of my favorites so far. I’m really more excited about read-aloud time most days than my kids are!

  3. Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden are still some of our favorites after all these years! And The Hundred Dresses, it tears me up every time 🙂

    Thank you also for sharing your helpful posts each week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I appreciate the time you spend linking up with us!
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