Some of Our Favorite Books to Read Aloud
by Charlotte Siems
Reading aloud is one of my favorite parts of family life. We’ve made many a good memory curled up together with a great book, even while being interrupted by noisy toddlers and diaper changes.
There have been times when my children stared at me when I choked back tears while reading certain parts. Those are some of the best books.
Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite books to read aloud together. Many of them have been read over and over as the next group of children cycles through a period of history.
Note: the first three books on the list are among our all-time favorites!
The Locked Crowns by Marion Garthwaite (Out of print book we found at an old library sale years ago—one of our all-time favorites! We read it when we study Vikings and early Britain.)
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett (Listed by everyone as one of their all-time favorites!)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Caddie Woodlawn and Magical Melons by Carol Ryrie Brink (Love them both!)
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Somewhat archaic language but good)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Bread and Butter Indian by Anne Colver (A favorite with little girls)
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischmann
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (I re-read this one personally every year or two)
The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
On to Oregon! By Honore Morrow
Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
The House of Fifty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Bonanza Girl by Patricia Beatty
Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
If you have a favorite that’s not on this list, please share in the comments below!