I don’t know how it is at other houses, but my boys are much more willing to tackle challenging reading material when it is non-fiction. I think we might be the odd house here. I was probably the opposite as a kid, I enjoyed getting lost in a novel. Most of the non-fiction books I read were biographies. My boys like to read non-fiction books about animals, history, and inventions and share facts with each other. They do however really enjoy fiction as read alouds.
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsI actually read this to E a couple of years ago and he insisted we read it again this year so his brother could enjoy it. The book is from the 40’s and bears little resemblance to the Jim Carey movie. It is delightfully silly and ridiculous.
How to Train Your Dragon series This fall we’ve read 5, 6, and 7 from the series. I just bought books 8 and 9. The books tell the tales of Hiccup the Horrendous Haddock the 3rd as a young teenager in the land and time of Barbaric Vikings. The storyline is slightly different from the movie or cartoon series. The tales are completely engaging and at times absolutely side-splitting hilarious. The boys always beg for another chapter. I do a slight bit of editing of some names, so doing these as read alouds is great.
The Phantom Tollbooth I was really glad we read this out loud, because I think the boys would have missed some of the humor on their own. It was delightfully clever and witty. It’s been a month since we read this and they are still occasionally pondering situations from the book.
Rabbit HillThis book tells the story of a community of animals facing hard times after people move away and the garden is left barren. Hope spring anew when new owners buy the home. The story is kind and gentle and uplifting. My boys love animals and this book really appealed to them. Rabbit Hill was the winner of the 1945 Newberry Medal.
What books do you enjoy reading aloud? Do your kids read more fiction or non-fiction?