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Read-To-Your-Child Challenge and Question of the Week

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Experts say that one of the best things we can do for our kids is to read to them. From my own experience I have to agree. My mom read to us faithfully, often many times each day, a tradition that continued even into high school. (Of course by then we’d moved to grown-up books and took turns being the reader.) We shared so many wonderful stories together through the years.

That said, I don’t read to my children nearly enough. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, because I do, but too often I get busy and let another day go by without reading to them.

I’m sure I’m the only one who would like to do better in this area (*wink*), but in any case, I’m issuing myself a reading challenge–and anyone who wants to join me. My goal is to read to my kids every day during the month of July, even if it’s just one book. (I know, I’m getting off to a late start. Bear with me.) So feel free to join me!

Now for the question: What is your favorite children’s read-aloud? Tell us in the comments!

Mine:


Blueberries for Sal.
I never get tired of this book!

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11 thoughts on “Read-To-Your-Child Challenge and Question of the Week

  1. Another great way to read to kids is to play audio books. This gives them limitless listening hours and they can hear things read as if they were by great storytellers. I can replace some of the time they are listening to music with very questionable lyrics. It’s also gives you something to do in the car. Tough to read in the car.

  2. Yes, audio books are great! You make a good point about drive time.

  3. We read each night before bedtime. And we will alternate who reads to who.

    Breanna (21 months old) we have to limit to 3 books because she will take us to midnight to keep from going to bed. Some of her favorites are…

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
    Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
    Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do by Eileen Christelow
    Any D.W. books by Marc Brown

    Bradley (will be 4 in August) has gotten into some Disney stories over the last year- trying to read the story and then watch the movie. He seems to want repetition on his favorites. We have these stories in a few volume books that we had bought from Sam’s a while back. I also get books at the library that are on things he is interested in like killer whales, knights, fire trucks, etc. When I hear him talking about something over and over I take a mental note and look for fiction or non-fiction. The best ones for his age are level readers. Seymour Simon does excellent writing for this age on non-fiction topics.

    Some of the places that I have bought books for much less are ebay (I bought 34 Arthur books for $31), Marshall’s, and Ross. They really have great deals there!!!

  4. I started reading the Little House books to the girls when they were still pre-schoolers (I never read them little kid books, although their brothers and dad and grandparents did). The one thing I wish I would have done is to continue reading aloud together for longer, like you say, through high school. It builds reading level.

  5. Just wanted to clarify. We started the reading at night when Bradley was a baby. Now, there are times that we say, “What were we thinking??” Some nights we just want to rush and sometimes skip it, and we do. However, that has come to be a special time that they expect and they make it really hard on us if we get lazy. Ha! Ha!

  6. My oldest is 7 and we just recently finished Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil. He loved it! We homeschool and do read-aloud daily, but this book has been his favorite. It’s not a one sitting book, so we read a chapter a day, except at the end where neither of us could wait to find out what happened next. Warning, now I can’t seem to convince him that I don’t have the money to take him to Italy to see the Blue Grotto. We also read Pompeii…Buried Alive while reading this book – there’s a reference to it in the book and it was a good one sitting book that we read one morning and it just enhanced his interest in the Capri book.

  7. I have been thinking about this since I submitted my posts yesterday. Of course there are Christian books that are in the mix, but sometimes I don’t make it priority. So there is now going to be a conscious effort to read a small Bible story as well, before the day is over… Goodness, is it just me, or does anyone else forget some of the most important things???

    For Breanna (1) I am using THE BABY BIBLE STORYBOOK

    For Bradley (3) I am using the BEGINNERS BIBLE

    Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated… you know like devotions for kids???

  8. Great thoughts. Thanks, everybody!

    Kelly, I’ve been thinking that I need to include more Bible too. I’m off to bed right now but you’ve made an important point, one I’m mulling over. And no, you aren’t alone in sometimes forgetting the most important things. Or for me, being too much of a Martha…

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  10. A wonderful children’s devotion we have enjoyed is Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. My youngest hardly ever goes to bed without listening to an audio. Some of her favorites: Teddy’s Button, Little Women, Your Story Hour, Hobson’s Choice and a variety from QVC she received as a gift.

  11. I need to look for more audio books. I have the old Story Hour cassettes from when I was little, which my kids love…Audio books are great for afternoon quiet times too, I’ve found.

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