Spring 2022 Read Aloud Favorites

In my homeschool, I strongly believe in the foundation of reading. This means I believe in reading aloud, kids reading for twenty minutes a day (if age appropriate), and we research with books instead of the internet. I am not against the internet for learning, but I would rather buy a book about a specific topic and use it as an ongoing recourse. I personally grew up with the love for reading and I could read at a young age. On the other hand, just because I love to read and learned at a very young age does not mean my children have the same passion. 

My oldest son really struggled and still struggles with reading. In the beginning he would not want to listen to me read and had zero interest in learning his letters. I did not let that define his future with books. I still encouraged him to listen while I read, we watched “Leapfrog Letter Factory” every single week, and I waited until he was ready. My method worked and he can now read short chapter books and looks forward to read aloud time. My son went from barely knowing his letters to begging for the next book in a series in less than six months. 

Here are the three books that my son absolutely adored during read aloud time and wants the rest of the series. Some of these books I completed in a short period of time since he didn’t want me to stop reading. 

  1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: This book is the first book in the series. In the beginning of the book it starts out at a slower pace. My kids were not looking forward to the one to two chapters a day. After the first few chapters and the story got established and the adventure started, my kids started to love the book. They were disappointed when the book ended and wanted me to buy the second book in the series. The book is about a sibling group who is running away and found an empty boxcar. They build a home out of the boxcar and it follows along as they learn how to survive. This book series is great to learn about family relationships, working together, and learning to not judge someone. This book is part of Bookshark Level A History Program.
  2. My Fathers Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett: This book is a quick read with many illustrations and is book one out of three in the series. My children loved this book and we finished it in half the time I planned to read it aloud. My Fathers Dragon is about a boy who is traveling an island where strangers are not welcome. This little boy has to hide and trick all the animals on the land, so he is able to free the dragon. The book is great to teach children about helping others, what happens when you hide the truth, and following through with your word. This book is part of Bookshark Level A History Program.
  3. Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro: This book is the first one in the series and is also a quick read with short chapters. Zoey and Sassafras is a fantastic read aloud when there is not a lot of time. This book is about a little girl who is a scientist and is helping her mother while she’s out of town. Zoey has to help a magical creature and learn how to take care of it with no help since no one else can see the animals except her mom. This book is fantastic to help kids learn about solving problems and how to deal with emotions when a task does not go as planned. This book is part of Build Your Library Level One Literature Program.

“The Boxcar Children,” “My Fathers Dragon,” and “Zoey and Sassafras” are all books my children loved during this Spring’s read aloud time in our homeschool. These books helped my oldest son grow as a reader and helped my other children love for reading to start. My youngest child who is two would listen at times while I read a chapter. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in these series in the future. What read aloud books did your children love this spring? Have you read any of these books?

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