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The Read Aloud Project

readaloudprojectI could tell you all about how important it is to read aloud to the children you know. I could link you to all sorts of fancy checklists meant to ascertain your literacy friendliness including asking you to count up all the picture books in your house – as if picture books are the measure of things.

I’m not going to, mostly because I think that’s dreadfully boring. Boring. As much as I love checklists and geeky rubrics, I have to admit none of it seems all that helpful, important, and worthwhile. In all honesty, while I think reading aloud to children is important – very important – we do so simply because it’s fun.

The 2015 Read Aloud Project Book List

  1. How to Break a Dragon’s Heart (audiobook)” by Cressida Cowell (finished January 2015)
  2. How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword (audiobook)” by Cressida Cowell (finished January 2015)
  3. Everything on a Waffle (audiobook)” by Polly Horvath (finished January 2015)
  4. Pinky Pye” by Eleanor Estes
  5. The Pepins and their Problems (audiobook)” by Polly Horvath
  6. Maestoso Petra (Horse Diaries #4)” by Jane Kendall
  7. How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel (audiobook)” by Cressida Cowell

To Be Read

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21 thoughts on “The Read Aloud Project

  1. Love this list. Just discovered Rick Riordan for myself – so excited to read Serpent’s Shadow! The Kane Chronicles have reignited my love for Egyptian archaeology 🙂

    • Oh, we love Rick Riordan around here. I was a bit sad when we finished the final Kane Chronicles book. We all had our favorite gods and goddesses. I like his books based on the Greek and Roman pantheons as well (and am even holding out hope that he really does write one based on Norse Mythology as well).

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  7. You have some truly fantastic books on this list. I love that idea and cannot wait until my daughter and I get to the point where she can sit through some of these wonderful stories. Until then, we read every night, sometimes repeatedly, her favorite picture books, complete with voices.

    • And that’s a good place to start! I think it’s always best to start small and work your way up, but not be afraid to stretch things just a little bit. There are shorter chapter books out there with pictures along the way that might be a good fit for your family (Jim Trelease has a good list).

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