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Old 02-12-2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default The Ultimate Read-Aloud Guide!!!!!

This is the official gathering of resources for Read-Alouds! This thread is mainly aimed at books to read aloud to 5-9 year olds, though that age range will obviously vary.

I have compiled a list of read-aloud books recommended in previous threads and additional resources. I also left a couple relevant notes from the threads they were taken from.

Links are provided for books that have been previously recommended 4+ times. Books are in order of number of previous recommendations, so forgive me if the order seems like it lacks rhyme or reason.

Books recommended, starting with the most often recommended:
Little House on the Prairie series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Books by E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan)

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner

Anything by Beverly Cleary

Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne **(Can be good for young children since they are easily read in one sitting)**

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

Books by Roald Dahl

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Betty MacDonald

My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Hardy Boys, Franklin W. Dixon

Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi

The Indian and the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks

Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard Atwater

How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell

American Girl books, Valerie Tripp

Bobbsey Twins, Laura Lee Hope

Nate the Great, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
The Littles, John Peterson
Junie B. Jones, Barbara Park
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Nancy Drew, Carolyn Keene
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Homer Price, Robert McCloskey
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome*
Books by Dick King-Smith: Babe: The Gallant Pig, The Invisible Dog, A Mouse Called Wolf
Peter Pan and Peter and Wendy, J.M. Barrie
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
All-of-a-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor
Grandma's Attic series, Arleta Richardson
Magic School Bus Chapter Books, Eva Moore and Ted Enik
The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
The Mandie Collection, Lois Gladys Leppard
Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
The Cooper Kids Adventure Series, Frank Peretti (could be scary)
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel
Cheaper By the Dozen, Frank Gilbreth
The Story of the Treasure Seekers, E. Nesbit
The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden (Not scary; no death.)
The Good Master, Kate Seredy
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Elizabeth Rudnick
Famous Five or Secret Seven, Enid Blyton
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
Choose Your Own Adventure books, R. A. Montgomery
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Hank the Cowdog, John R. Erickson
Ginger Pye and The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes
A Lion to Guard Us, Clyde Robert Bulla
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald
Bambi: A Life in the Woods, Felix Salten
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall, Emily Bearn
The Reluctant Dragon, Kenneth Grahame
Uncle Remus, Joel Chandler Harris (There are different versions, some more young-child friendly than others)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
Jigsaw Jones series, James Preller
My First Little House books are stories based on Little House on the Prairie for younger kids.
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook, Judith LankesterBrisley
The Castle in the Attic, Elizabeth Winthrop
Fudge books, Judy Blume
Mercy Watson books, Kate DiCamillo
Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
The Trolley Car Family, Eleanor Lowenton Clymer
Betsy-Tacy, Maud Hart Lovelace and Lois Lenski
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Fancy Nancy books, Jane O’Connor
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg
My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
Books by Lee Roddy
A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM, Robert C. O’Brien
Watership Down, Richard Adams
Sugar Creek Gang , Paul Hutchens
Soldovia Sam books, Susan Woodward Springer
The Borrowers series, Mary Norton
A to Z Mysteries series, Ron Roy
Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith
The Ordinary Princess, M. M. Kaye
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss
Dear America series, Various
Melendy Quartet, Elizabeth Enright

Other Resources:

The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease
Under the Chinaberry Tree: Books and Inspirations for Mindful Parenting, Ann Ruethling and Patti Pitcher

http://www.amblesideonline.org/New.shtml (Booklists by grade about halfway down)
http://whreaders.wordpress.com/
http://www.chinaberry.com/
http://homescool-ed.blogspot.com/200...l-trained.html
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: The Ultimate Read-Aloud Guide!!!!!

That is awesome!!! Is this going to be a place where we can add to, or make notes in regards to the books listed above? (ie, several of the books listed are actually the first in a series)
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: The Ultimate Read-Aloud Guide!!!!!

Sure.

The books that I linked to that were series, I tried to link to the full series. In the non-linked books I just listed the first one and assumed that those that checked it out and liked it would notice that it was a series.
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Can this be made into a sticky or put into the Educating our Children forum? This is a fantastic reference that I will want to refer back to! Thanks so much!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Ultimate Read-Aloud Guide!!!!!

Yep. I meant to sticky it when I posted it.

It's also stickied in Young Thinkers and the Reader's Alcove.

---------- Post added at 08:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:46 PM ----------

I also want to say that I really debated which education forum to put it in - the fact that it's here isn't a snub to non-homeschoolers (I'm not an exclusive homeschooler myself!).

---------- Post added at 08:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:47 PM ----------

I chose HS because from what I've noticed, it comes up somewhat more frequently here.
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oooh fun! We love books, so this will be a thread I check back on frequently. Two favorites here that I do not think made the original list are Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. The latter is not a chapter book, but it is an all around favorite by kids and adults alike here in this house and it is perfect for valentine's day. Also, I frequently check Sonlight's books and also Veritas press for good age appropriate reads.
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Fabulousness! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
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Thank you so much for this!
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Some really good books and lots more to discover!
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Thank you for taking the time to do this!
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