Did you know that regular read-alouds dramatically increase academic achievement?
It's true and summer is a perfect time to read-aloud and help your favorite kids find the "absolutely terrific, glued-to-the-page books"!
I miss the days of curling up on the couch with my kids for our nightly ritual of reading a book together. For those of you lucky enough to be in that age "zone", although Miss Bella sometimes still lets me read to her (from her teen-selected books, of course), I've compiled some of our family's favorite titles for you to check out at the library or your favorite bookstore.
When my kids were younger, I would check out stacks of books from the library and give them read-aloud "previews" of the selected books. I would not show them the title of the books, rather, I would read the first chapter or two of a book (under a blanket, mind you) and then let the four kids vote on their favorites.
Here are a few links to some of the examples of these Battle of the Books lists that are typically selected by school librarians or reading specialists. The books are engaging, popular, represent different genres and typically are kid-favorites. The lists range from grade school (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and even high school (grades 9-12).
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin - truly takes you on the illustrated day to day life of a worm as depicted in a journal.