Family Reading Picks

One thing that has remain constant in our family (besides yelling) is reading together. When the girls were wee little we would read to them when we found time through out the day, but the night was always sure to end with story time. Now that the girls are all in school, the two big ones have reading logs to keep track of and books they need to read for book reports and school activities so they do a lot of reading on their own. I still like to end the night with a story or two or three, we’ve also started incorporating chapter books during our read aloud time together.

Picture books and many children books are easy to scout and the kids usually have no problem picking those out, but I’ve found it a bit more challenging finding good chapter books to read with the kids. There are some great books and links I’ve found helpful and I’m hoping to share them soon.

Every month I will add a new read-aloud book that our family enjoyed reading together. We get a lot of our books from the library, but we also own lots of our favorite books. I’ve added an amazon link for all of the books that I will list, making it easy for you to purchase your own copy.

1. James and the Giant Peach: A Children’s Story [Hardcover] [1996] (Author) Roald Dahl, Lane SmithJames-and-the-Giant-PeachMy kids and husband enjoyed this book so much! There were parts where the entire family screamed with excitement. Our excitement for the book spread through to the girls cousins. They soon got a copy of the book and joined in on the fun! It’s all about how you read this book that can get your kids completely lost in the magic. The recommended age for this book is 8 years however, my 4 and 6 year old along with my 8 year old loved it! Oh and my 38 year old husband loved it too!

2. Pippi LongstockingPippi-Longstocking

My girls absolutely loved this book! They loved it so much that as soon as we were done with it, we rented the movie from the library. The main character in this book is a free spirited, opinionated, fierce, brave, independent, 9 year old girl. She took us on so many adventures! She is so full of stories. Are they real? I don’t know, but she sure keeps everyone interested! The girls couldn’t wait to see what she was going to do or say next. I think young boys would enjoy this book too! It is recommended for ages 4-12.

3.Charlotte’s WebcharlotteswebThis is an all time favorite children’s classic. My oldest had watched the movie a few years ago but I couldn’t wait to read the book with the family. At first, I was a little hesitant because the story begins with an eight year old girl stopping her father from killing a baby pig who was born the runt of the litter. I thought they would be upset to hear that, but then I thought, I can’t protect them from every heart ache, but this was actually a good example where heart ache and determination turned to hope and a long lasting friendship. This is a great family read aloud. I don’t know why, but I never get tired of this story!

4. Anne of Green Gables (Radio Theatre)


This was our very first Audio book. My girls absolutely loved listening to Anne of Green Gables. They couldn’t wait until our next drive to anywhere. They especially¬† adored the character of Anne and had such compassion for the 11-year-old orphan girl. Anne is an inquisitive, talkative spunky little girl. She loves life and is so excited to be part of a family. I like exposing the girls to characters who have learned to make the best of their hardships. It gives me the opportunity to show empathy and gives the children an opportunity to walk in someone Else’s shoes. I found myself pausing the story and asking the girls how they felt or how did they think Anne felt when faced with certain situations. We definitely recommend this one! We hope to see the movie next!

4. Matilda (Welsh Edition)

Without knowing the author of the book, my daughter Melina said that it reminded her of James and the Giant Peach. She said Matilda’s mean parents reminded her of the mean adults in James and the Giant Peach. Then we realized it was the same author! My girls said “maybe Roald’s parents were mean when he was young and that’s why the adults in his book are mean”. I’ll have to get a biography out on Roald Dahl and find out! Anyways, back to the book Matilda! We all enjoyed this book! You just want to take Matilda home and give her a million books to read and lots of love and hugs! My kids are in shock when Matilda’s parents rather her watch the “telly” instead of read books! They feel so bad for her! Her parents are definitely not at all interested in their brilliant daughter and could care less about her well being. I found myself many times saying “see how lucky you kids are, you could be left to watch TV all day!” Matilda definitely doesn’t feel sorry for herself, when her parents mistreat her she finds a way to get them back! You’ll secretly be rooting her on!