Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Books are for Reading

I recently stumbled across this post: 65-favorite-read-aloud-books-for-boys-. The books mentioned would be good for any kid or adult, for that matter.  We've read about 40% of the ones on her list.  Cold weather is the perfect time to snuggle up and read a good book without feeling guilty.  What else are you going to do?

Even though my son is 11, I still read aloud in the evenings while he plays legos or draws.  This is by his request, which really warms my heart because I know these days are numbered.

Some books that I would add to this list are:

My Side of the Mountain is a 1959 young-adult fiction novel by Jean Craighead George about a boy who learns about courage, independence, and the need for companionship while attempting to live in a forested area of New York. The book was one of three novels to be named to the Newbery Medal Honors list in 1960,[1] and was loosely adapted into a movie in 1969My Side of the Mountain also spawned several sequels.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and modern fairy tale by Norton Juster. It was published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. It tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom—Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason—from the castle of air. The text is full of puns, and many events, such as Milo's jump to the Island of Conclusions, exemplify literal meanings of English language idioms.

Harriet the Spy is a children's novel written and illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh that was published in 1964. It has been called "a milestone in children’s literature" and a "classic."

The Moomins (SwedishMumintrollFinnishMuumi) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published inSwedish by Schildts[2] in Finland. They are a family of white, roundish fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.

Currently we are reading: 

The Magic City By E. Nesbi, firrst published in 1910.  
Philip and Lucy are transported into a magic city he built from toys. All are threatened with disaster if the children can't save them through valiant deeds. 
Happy reading, and if you come across a good book, please let me know!


  1. Oh thank you so much for sharing all of these! And how fantastic that you read aloud to him still....when I was a teacher one of my courses in literacy discussed one of the main reasons kids stopped enjoying reading...the answer...because as they got older nobody read aloud to them. You are doing a great thing here friend! Nicole xoxo

  2. I went to a small private school and our English teacher read aloud to us that last 15 min of every class, even throughout middle school. It was one of my favorite times during the school day.

  3. How wonderful that he loves for you to read to him. I think we never lose that desire - maybe that's why audiobooks are so popular. I see you have listed my favorite book when I was a child - Harriet the Spy. I hope you both enjoy it.

    1. Thanks Holly. I listen to podcasts and audio books while driving. It's so relaxing.