Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Top 10 Favorite Read-Alouds (chosen by a 10-year-old)
If you've been around my blog for long, you'll know that reading is one of my favorite subjects! Obviously, I couldn't miss a chance to participate in this week's Top 10 list on the topic of read-alouds. It's hard to narrow the list to just ten, but I asked Big Sis (age 10) and these are her favorites, in the order of her preference:
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry ~ Big Sis likes this one because it's about wild ponies and it's based on a true story, even if it is sad in parts.
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary ~ She chose this one because she likes all the Ramona books, but this one is about sisters. She said she knows all about what it's like to have little sisters that you love, but who sometimes annoy you. ;0)
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner ~ Again, she likes the whole series, but this was the first book and one we also used in Beyond Five in a Row.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ This is one she said she can read over and over. She also likes The Prairie Primer lessons to go with it.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White ~ Big Sis says it has a good ending.
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett (FREE on the Kindle!) ~ She likes this one because it was hard to put down and she kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was "mysterious and neat."
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater ~ This one was just plain silly. She wanted to keep reading to see what goofy thing they would do next.
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Pony Problems Mystery by Carolyn Keene ~ She likes this series of mysteries, but anything with a horse or pony is always a favorite. These books feature Nancy Drew as an eight-year-old and there are no murders, so it's a good introduction to the character for younger girls.
The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting (FREE on Kindle!) ~ Big Sis likes the animals.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren ~This is another silly one, full of animals and adventures.
You might guess that Big Sis tends toward mystery, comedy, and animal stories judging by this list! She said she likes books that teach her about history and animals, that make her laugh, and that keep her guessing about the ending.
If I made a list it wouldn't be quite the same as hers, but it would be close. I'm just so glad to share the gift of reading with her. I found it pretty interesting to hear her choices and her reasons.
Have you asked your kids about their favorite books? Were you surprised by the answers? Leave a comment and let me know -- we're always looking for new books to read!
This week's Schoolhouse Review Crew blog cruise happens to be about summer reading, too. You can find my post on that here.
I've been nominated for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Homeschool blogs. If you have a minute, would you vote for me, please? (Embracing Destiny) I'm sure you'll find many of your favorites listed and you can vote for them all once a day. It's a great way to find new homeschool blogs to read!
I'm linking this post to Read Aloud Thursday @ Hope is the Word. It's a great weekly link-up to encourage reading with your children. Be sure to check it out to find great books to read together!
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