January 25, 2012
Continuing yesterday’s theme of encouraging children of all ages to read, I have put together a list of some of my favourite books to read aloud to children. I get just as much enjoyment out of these books as the kids do.
Dr Seuss of course. Great rhyming fun, tongue twisters and wonderful silliness!
Any of the Hairy Maclary titles by Lynley Dodd. My grandchildren love these books.
Koala Lou and Possum Magic by Mem Fox. Mem is a wonderful story teller and writes delightful tales for young children.
Each Peach, Pear, Plum. A favourite with my children and now my grandchildren.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Classic Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne.
The beautiful Graham Base books. The artwork is glorious. My granddaughter particularly loves Uno’s Garden.
For older children why not read a chapter each night of Charlotte’s Web or Mary Poppins, The Indian in the Cupboard or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, anything by Roald Dahl is great fun, with its overtones of mischief and danger. And of course, we cannot leave out the Narnia series of books by C S Lewis.
My eldest daughter loved John Marsden books during her teens, and is also a big fan of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter.
For children and teens who have trouble following lengthy stories, why not get them books such as Guinness World Records, the Daring Book for Girls, or The Dangerous Book for Boys.
Do you have favourite books from your own childhood that you hold dear? What books or stories do you love to read to your own children or grandchildren? Which books do your children get the most enjoyment out of?