On the Bookshelf – Fun Read Alouds

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?





2 thoughts on “On the Bookshelf – Fun Read Alouds

  1. My kids love fiction books. I like fiction story books that teach. It’s so much more fun learning about subjects such as history through historical fiction stories. My kids like Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and my oldest told me the Phantom Tollbooth was a great book. I haven’t read it yet. I’ll have to look up rabbit hill. It sounds like a good one.

    Right now we’re reading The Trumpet of the Swan and The Lion of St. Marks. The Lion of St. Marks is a historical fiction story about Venice during the middle ages. My 12 year old is really enjoying it. I don’t think my 6 and 10 year old are ready for it yet.

    My kids favorite books over the past year have been the Wizard of Oz series – http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2013/05/baum-wonderful-wizard-of-oz.html – They are excellent for learning new words and descriptive, visual writing techniques. Plus they are very fun.

    Here’s a link to our huge book list.

    • Julie – Thanks for stopping in. We read The Trumpet of the Swan over the summer and they liked that one too. The Wizard of Oz is sitting on the “to read” shelf right now. I will certainly stop by and check out your list.

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