One of my very favorite questions to answer is this one (usually asked by a student’s mother): “We are looking for a read-aloud that the whole family can enjoy. I’m looking for a book that will be entertaining to our ten-year-old, but not too complicated for our seven-year-old.” Of course, the ages change depending on who is asking, but the spirit of the question is the same – what is a good book for a family to share?
Since it’s Thursday, here are three titles I often suggest:
5 Children and It by E. Nesbit (Five children meet a sand fairy with the ability to grant their wishes. Chaos ensues! Written in 1902, it’s dated, but charming.)
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (Jump to 1941, and follow the adventures of The Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club.)
The BFG by Roald Dahl (Dahl’s classic 1982 novel featuring a girl named Sophie and a BFG = Big Friendly Giant)
The benefits and joys of reading aloud to your children are numerous. It encourages their love of books and stories, helps them to develop language skills and allows them to spend uninterupted time with their families. These three books are proven crowd pleasers and may even inspire a few Saturday adventures!