In my last post I discussed points to consider as we read aloud to our children. Today I will share my favourite resources for finding a memorable read-aloud.
If you missed the post about points to consider when reading aloud, you can read more about it by linking on the image below.
The books and resources recommended in this post are for read-aloud purposes; I’m not suggesting that you hand these books to your children to read on their own. That would lead to frustration. Instead, read these to your children in the evening before bed, on weekends or during school holidays. These resources will connect you to books that are rich with vocabulary, ideas and content.
Our Current Favorite Read-Aloud Resources
Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program
According to their website, the Mensa Foundation, “is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence.”
The Mensa for Kids website offers a range of resources (including many STEAM resources) and they also provide recommending reading lists for children by grade. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the PDF links. When I plan my library runs, this booklist is one I refer to on a regular basis.
Sarah MacKenzie, at The Read-Aloud Revival, provides an extensive recommended booklist for children by age and interest. Furthermore, she produces a weekly podcast with educational interviews and helpful tips for reading aloud with your family. If you subscribe to the blog, you’ll also receive a list of recommended picture books for the upcoming month.
Honestly, it’s hard to say which of her free resources is my favorite. They are all invaluable for this mom of two little bookworms! In addition to her free resources, Sarah offers premium access where subscribers can livestream with popular authors and ask questions.
I can’t believe I didn’t know about her and the Read-Aloud Revival when I was a teacher in the classroom. It took me coming home and beginning a homeschool journey to discover this treasure-trove of information; I only wish I had discovered it sooner!
Honey for a Child’s Heart
In her book, Gladys Hunt writes about the importance of reading and literature in a child’s life. Later on in the book, she details picture and chapter books by age and genre. It’s a great resource for any parent seeking to place quality books in the hands of his or her child.
Give Your Child the World
Written by a mom with a passion for various cultures, this book is divided into recommended titles by continent and age. It’s an excellent way to ensure that your child learns what it would be like to live or grow up in another part of the globe.
Audible.com is one of my favorite resources. With or without a monthly membership, it provides access to so many great stories. We listen in the car, when I need some quiet in the house and after we read stories at bedtime (our oldest falls asleep listening to an Audible story each night).
For the cost of purchasing a new book a month, I am able to download one book and my children can listen to it as often as they like. Furthermore, the research proves that audio books are just as beneficial as read-alouds: they improve listening skills, understanding and vocabulary.
If you’re kids aren’t listening to them already, begin now! It’s a win, win for parents!
Sonlight.com offers a literature-based homeschool curriculum and I have been extremely impressed with their selection of recommended children’s literature. Even if I ever decide to stop homeschooling, I will still use their recommended book lists as a resource for our home library and reading wishlists – the books are too good to miss out on.
If you click on the picture below you can access Sonlight’s read-aloud packages by grade level. (Note that Kindergarten would typically be package A and so on).
Resources I Plan to Use in the Future
The Read-Aloud Handbook
This book is on my wish list. I’ve heard such good things about it and am just really reading up all the other titles using the resources above, but when we start running out, I plan on picking up The Read-Aloud Handbook. This book comes highly recommended.