B is for Books to Read Together

Books to read together

Reading time with the kids is one of my favorite parts of the day. This isn’t the shorter stories we read for bedtime or through the day.  These are chapter books we’re reading together, usually in the mid afternoon when just enough energy has been spent to make us all ready for a bit of down time.

For those of you who don’t know us yet, my girls are 4 and 5.  They aren’t old enough to read big books on their own, but they love to hear the stories and let their imaginations wander. Sometimes they’ll fall asleep nestled up next to me, sometimes they get bored fast. Other times, they listen intently and ask questions.

In honor of our reading time, I wanted to write out a list of books we might be reading in the future. It’s a collection of classics and fun stuff that I enjoyed when I was younger and I know the girls will too.

  • The complete Oz series by L. Frank Baum
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
  • Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • Chronicle of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

These are enough books to keep us going for awhile. What books would you add to our list?

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  • Cristina

    Ooh! I’ll play, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, White Fang (Great Illustrated Classics), A Series of Unfortunate Events, there’s also this book, that we love Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages by Harold Bloom

    Love this one!!!
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    • Mary

      We already have a couple of those on the list, lol. I like the idea of Spiderwick, and I haven’t heard of Crispin, I’ll have to check it out! Thank you!!

  • Julie Jordan Scott

    Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!

    Mary Oliver and Robert Frost come to mind right away. Shakespeare, too. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I wish I had read that book before this past year. It would change my mothering and my LIFE! (The protagonist read a chapter of Shakespeare to her children aloud every night when they were little. It is valuable stuff to hear, to know and to learn from… yes, I’m serious!)

    I loved reading the Chronicles of Narnia aloud. Nothing like it.

    Great ideas, Mary!
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  • Jen

    I was just saying to Nathan that I’d like to start reading him chapter books. I’m thinking of starting with Harry Potter!
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    • Mary

      We started with the Wizard of Oz and the girls LOVED it. Then I went to The Secret Garden because the next Wizard of Oz book wasn’t in at the library. They aren’t into The Secret Garden as much, but they want to read it every day just to get through it so they can get back to what they like. Never once did they ask if we can just stop reading it. I love that they are willing to finish what they started.

  • Rama

    Hey Mary! This is an interesting idea. You are saying that you read these books to your 4 year old girl? I’m intrigued. I have a 4 year old at home but I never thought of reading anything other than the picture books, maybe a little wordy ones.
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    • Mary

      Yes! I didn’t think they would sit still at first, but when they are just a bit sleepy mid afternoon, they’ll sit and listen. My 5 (almost 6 year old) does a better job with paying attention, but both love the extra snuggle time, so I figure we might as well get into some good reading habits! Every child is different, so if you try it I hope it works for you!

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