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September 2nd, 2008, 12:18 PM
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I am always on the look out for great read-alouds for my kids because they love being read to. Would you care to list for me your absolute favourite read-alouds for the early elementary grades? Pretty please???
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September 2nd, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Right now we're reading the Henry Huggins books at our 1 pm read-aloud hour. We'll be reading the Ramona books next. I may read the Anastasia Krupnik/Sam Krupnik books to them after that or we may go back to reading the Bobbsey Twins books. We switched to Henry Huggins because the first one was a read aloud in school and the kids loved it. We may read the Boxcar Children books after that. We read the first one as a read aloud last year and they really enjoyed that, too. Our evening read-aloud (as a family) is currently the Dinotopia series. After that we're going to do Robert Asprin's Myth series and then maybe Harry Potter again. Those are our fun read alouds. We also have read alouds for school. Those are listed on the Sonlight site (we're in Core 1). Currently we're reading Understood Betsey and we all love it.

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September 3rd, 2008, 05:10 AM
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I could use the same. I have been searching for some good children's classics and my brain is just blank.

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September 3rd, 2008, 11:45 AM
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Well I've been spending hours in front of the computer on this and here is what I've come up with so far. This list is not per grade level, just ideas I have collected of things to read to my kids. Mostly I got these ideas because they keep showing up on everyone's favourite book lists so I figure they must be good ones. If anyone can verify that, I would appreciate it!

A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
Betsy-Tacy - Maud Lovelace
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Burgess Bird Book for Children - Thornton Burgess
The Littles - John Peterson
The Whipping Boy - Sid Fleischman
The Wheel on the School - M. Dejong
Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims - Clyde Robert Bulla
The Biggest Bear - Lynd Ward
Billy and Blaze - C W Anderson
Dr. Desoto - William Steig
Rascal - Sterling North
Cricket in Times Square - George Seldon
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Justin Morgan had a Horse - Marguerite Henry
Owls in the Family - Farley Mowat
The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
In Grandma's Attic - Arleta Richardson
Paddle to the Sea - H C Holling
Trumpet of the Swan - E B White
Little House books - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Treasures of the Snow - Patricia St. John
House at Pooh Corner - A A Milne
Story of Dr. Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
Milly Molly Mandy Storybook - J L Brisley

And usually these authors have quite a few books that are good, like E B White also wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, both also recommended. William Steig also has quite a few interesting looking books. So that is my list so far. I have also been getting ideas from This Blog but her books lists only start at Grade 2.

So there are my own suggestions.
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September 3rd, 2008, 12:09 PM
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Let's see, on our current list of "to read" we have:

Justin Morgan Had a Horse -- Marguerite Henry
Brighty of the Grand Canyon -- Marguerite Henry
Misty of Chincoteague -- Marguerite Henry
Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague -- Marguerite Henry
The Trumpet of the Swan -- E.B. White
Stewart Little -- E.B. White
Little House books (we're in the process right now) -- Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Velveteen Rabbit... can't remember the author at the moment!
When We Were Very Young (in progress) -- A. A. Milne
Now We Are Six -- A. A. Milne
Paddle to the Sea -- Holling C. Holling
Black Beauty -- Anna Sewell
Tree in the Trail -- Holling C. Holling
The Wind in the Willows -- Kenneth Grahame
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew -- Margaret Sidney
Mr. Popper's Penguins -- Richard Atwater
Mary Poppins -- P. L. Travers
Five Children and It -- Edith Nesbit
Sarah Plain and Tall -- Patricia MacLauchlan
The Courage of Sarah Noble -- Alice Dalgliesh
Pollyanna -- Eleanor H. Porter

We've already read:

James Herriot's Treasury for Children -- James Herriot
Winnie-the-Pooh -- A. A. Milne
Return to Pooh Corner -- A. A. Milne
Just So Stories -- Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte's Web -- E.B. White
and about a thousand picture books, LOL... the kids just can't get enough of those!

(edited to add authors names)
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September 3rd, 2008, 03:20 PM
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We bought the Velveteen Bunny this year. It's really sweet. It's by Margery Williams

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September 4th, 2008, 04:15 AM
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Thanks, my lists include most of those already.

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