Monday, January 16, 2012
The children's books I like to read are those meant for older children and teens. It can be hard to find good children's books because there are so many books for those ages which contain questionable or downright inappropriate topics and events. I have managed to find some really good ones, though. As my children get older, it's nice to have read so many children's books so that I have an idea which ones are ok for them to read. Some of the ones on my list are those that I have read out loud to my children.
Every morning after our Bible reading, I read a chapter or two of a book out loud to my children. Even though two of them are teenagers now, it's still something we enjoy! In years past, we've enjoyed reading the original Dr. Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting. These are the original books, not the more recent spin-offs which are not even comparable to the originals.
Right now we are reading the Freddy series of books by Walter R. Brooks. I came across these books about a year or so ago in a homeschool catalog. I ordered the 3 books that they offered, and we all loved them immediately! I've found more of them on Amazon or eBay. I even found one at a used book store.
My younger daughter and I are reading (as part of her school work) the series of books about Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter, Rose. The series is called The Rocky Ridge Years. She reads a chapter or two each day to me, which is so much fun!
My son is reading a series of books that he wants me to read as well. He reads each book in the series and then passes it along to me. Our rule is that he can't tell me anything about the book lest he should spoil it for me! Then, after I've finished each book, we can discuss it. This works pretty well except for the occasional time when he accidentally lets something slip.
My older daughter is autistic and non-verbal. She loves to hear books read out loud. She is a very good reader herself, but I suppose that since she can't use her own voice, that causes her fascination with other people's voices. She sometimes reads books alone, but she very much prefers for someone else to read aloud to her.
There are so many simple ways to share books with your children! What are your favorites?
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