Great Read-Alouds the Whole Family Can Enjoy!
With the holiday season upon us, and winter closing in, finding indoor activities can be hard. Take the opportunity to sit down as a family and read aloud these great chapter books. Recommended by the staff in the Children's Room, these books are sure to keep children of all ages captivated and begging for more. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Book
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Little Scallop, a princess from the Mollusk Tribe, longs to have a real adventure. So, late one night, she and her mermaid friends sneak off to dive for pearls. They run into a fierce storm and a strange ship sailed by men who would love to capture a mermaid. Soon, Little Scallop is in the adventure she always wanted. The question is: can she and her friends get out of it?
With many familiar characters from Peter Pan, this action packed fantasy is filled with both adventure and humor.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will - won't they? One thing is for sure - this will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.
Nostalgic and witty, this is a warm story for the cold winter.
How To Train Your Dragon; by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
translated from the Old Norse by Cressida Cowell
We might all have seen the movie, but the book is even better!
Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important intiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. In short chapters, clever slapstick, and goofy drawings, this will keep the kids wanting more, laughing hysterically through it all!
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A compilation of three tales - My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragon's of Blueland. They relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris. A childhood favorite since the 1940's, the tales capture the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion.
Our Only May Amelia
by Jennifer L. Holm
Growing up alongside the Nasel River in Washington State in 1899, the only girl in a Finnish farming family with seven older brothers, May Amelia chafes at her strict Pappa's fierce scoldings. She causes no end of trouble for her brothers, shooting off a gun, stepping in an animal trap, and then fighting with her disapproving grandmother. When her baby sister takes sick and dies, Grandmother Patience blames May Amelia. May Amelia runs off to her aunt's house in the city, where she learns to heal.
by Betty Bard MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases such as Won't-Put-Away-the-Toys-itis, the Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis. The incomparable Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children good or bad, never scolds, and has positive treatments for everyone.
A classic family favorite!
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale
by Laurie Myers
Meriweather Lewis's huge black Newfoundland dog, Seaman, narrates his version of his part in Lewis and Clark's 1804 journey west to the Pacific in a charming, dog-based adventure story. Chasing squirrels on the Ohio River, stopping a buffalo charge into camp, and almost bleeding to death after being bitten by a beaver are some of the exploits the stalwart dog describes.
Based on information found in the explorer's journals, this book is a fun adventure for future explorers!
How to Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell
Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is, "The bigger and juicier, the better!" At first Billy's problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with his choice of condiments. But, later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it! Billy's family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help with the ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
There was a terrible mistake when Wayside School was built; it was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside School, especially on the thirtieth floor!
Told in short chapters with one student (or teacher) the subject of each chapter, this book will have both children and adults rolling on the floor laughing!
by Vivian Vande Velde
On her way to school, fifth-grader Amy encounters an ultra-intelligent talking dog, named F-32, who has escaped from the college research department lab. Not only can he read, he's even taught himself to use a computer, pressing the keys with a pencil held between his teeth! Amy renames him Sherlock and brings him to school, where, with the help of classmate Sean, she hides the dog from college students hot on his trail.
The Ravenmaster's Secret
by Elvira Woodruff
The Tower of London in 1735 is a fearsome place, but 11-year-old Forrest Harper, whose father is a tower guard, a Yeoman Warder and Ravenmaster, has never left the prison grounds. When Maddy, the young daughter of a Scottish rebel, is brought to the Tower and Forrest, who is placed in charge of bringing her meals, must decide if he should help her escape.
A great historical adventure, The Ravenmaster's Secret, is a great read-aloud for families with older children.
Passager: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book One
by Jane Yolen
The first book in the Young Merlin Trilogy introduces us to a nameless 8-year-old boy who was abandoned by his mother in an English forest, where he survives by himself but loses the knowledge of even his own name. Take in my Master Robin, a kind falconer, the boy regains memories of his former life.
Kids will be eager to read the sequels and explore the many legends of Merlin and King Arthur.
And, if you haven't already read these classics aloud, make sure to check them out as well!
by Roald Dahl
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
The BFG is one of Dahl's most lovable creations that will leave a huge impression of bigheartedness on all those who read the story.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
"Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And, then one day... he was lost." From there, the readers are taken on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, readers are shown a miracle - that even the heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose and to love again.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia. There they help Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Another classic that has been turned into a movie, this is a book worth reading first!
The Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden
Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But, he's never met a cricket before, which isn't surprising since both him and his friend, Harry Cat, live in the Time Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow, and he still would be if he hadn't followed the entrancing aroma coming from someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in New York City, he wants to look around. With the help of Tucker and Harry, the trio takes in the sights and adventures of NYC.
Trumpet of the Swan
by E.B. White
Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But, unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And, since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan, Serena, pays absolutely no attention to him. Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection - he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?
Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier. They help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occassions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.