One of my favorite things about homeschooling has been reading books aloud as a family.
In the early days, we read them during the day while dear father was at work. We quickly realized, however, how much more fun it was to read them in the evening when we were all together.
I recently asked my husband and son what their favorite read-aloud books were and here are the books that topped their list:
- Mocassin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw – The boys enjoyed this book’s vivid descriptions of life in the old west. Jim Keath followed his uncle to the west to be a trapper. Through a series of tragic events, he became part of a Crow tribe and then had the challenge of reconnecting with his family.
- Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken – The books in this series can stand alone, but they are linked by characters and locations. They will take you on adventures all around the world. I think what we liked best about these books is the interweaving of history and geography facts with complete fantasy.
- The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson – A young man travels from Ireland to America and joins the crew building the Ferris Wheel at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
- The House of 60 Fathers by Meindert DeJong – Tien Pao’s boat breaks loose from its mooring while he is alone with his pet pig, Glory of the Republic. Together, they must travel back through the Japanese soldiers to reunite with his family.
- Rascal by Sterling North – After Sterling North adopts a raccoon as a pet, the two friends do everything together.
- Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher – A new twist on a very old story. A girl with a crippled foot assists Shahrazad (Arabian Nights) in her quest for new stories to tell the Sultan.
We had many more favorites, but these are the ones that were most memorable for the boys in our family. I hope you enjoy some of them!