My friend Julie recently shared about their experience reading a book out loud as a family. I’ve been thinking about this.
I always thought I’d read and read and read to my kids. But I have not been the best at this… at all, especially in the past few years. Oh – we have oodles of books. I love books. The kids read through them… or Hannah reads to Max… but oops… I need to improve.
Here are a few awful excuses that have prevailed:
1. I have the hardest time staying awake. I have this awful yawning thing that happens and I feel like I can’t get through a sentence without yawwwwwwwning. Is my brain sucking all the oxygen out of my body to be able to function … and there is none left for breathing? ha-ha.
2. Have you ever tried to read to more than 1 child at a time. Usually they kick each other. Or they all want to sit on Mom’s lap. Or the baby eats the book. Or the 2-year-old insists on turning pages and skips a few or 10.
No longer should I let these excuses keep me from doing something that is important to me.
I decided that we can be a read-out-loud family.
We can do hard things. ha-ha.
We read scriptures, don’t we. Yes, usually someone is doing a head stand or punching someone, but we make it work and we occasionally hear a word or two… and have a great conversation about what’s going on.
This is getting long… oops. Anyhoo… so my brain has been spinning with fun summer plans for the tots. Reading out loud is one of those fantastic ideas (that I hope turns out to really be a fantastic idea… as most of mine don’t). I want my kids to enjoy the adventures and imagination that comes with reading.
So – what should we read? I want to read some entertaining classics. I’m thinkin’ the kids will read the new modern books on their own? Or not? But why not try and sneak some interesting older stories in there. These are a few I’m interested in either reading together or checking out for the older tots. I haven’t read them all so perhaps some would be too boring… eh?
A few I totally loved when I was little… Summer of the Monkeys, The Egypt Game, The Great Brain Series, Little House Series. There are oodles of other old-fashioned girlie books I loved, but I didn’t think Abe would go for any of those. I slipped Sarah, Plain and Tall in there because Hannah recently read that series and enjoyed it.
If anyone happens to read this and has any ideas for great read-a-loud books for kids under 10, I’d love to hear your ideas. I get so nervous about modern adventure tween books because I haven’t read many… Fablehaven and the like? Please share. Gracias.