Reading aloud from novels is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy reading picture books, as well, but there is nothing like a good children’s novel, shared out loud.
I tend to think it pays off to be careful about what those very first novels are, though. A cumbersome, boring, or otherwise unpleasant first experience with longer narrative can really take the wind out of your sails, and who needs that?
If you’re just getting started reading aloud from novel-length books with your kids, you’ll enjoy it more if you ease in with book that have short chapters, fantastic characters, and easy-to-follow plot lines.
Here are some of my very favorites:
You can pretty much close your eyes and pick any single one of those books and you’ll be in good shape. :) If your child is at all nebulous about listening to a story without any pictures, give one of these a go and see what he says after.
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I’ve got some more thoughts on getting started reading longer books with kids on this podcast episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. In that episode, I share my best tips and tricks for making the transition from picture books to chapter books and novels as smooth as possible, and I share which author I think is the #1 best to start with. :)
You can listen to it here.
P.S. If you can’t see that table of images with book covers above, this is what I have listed there:
- A Bear Called Paddington
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- James and the Giant Peach
- My Father’s Dragon
- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
- The Cricket in Times Square
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
- Sarah Plain and Tall
- Thornton Burgess Animal Stories
- James Herriot’s Treasury of Stories
- The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook
- McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm
- Pippi Longstocking
- The Boxcar Children