Five More Favorite Read-a-Louds

I have been trying to be more intentional about reading daily to the kiddos.

Simply wanting to read isn’t enough though, as Amy pointed out in her excellent ebook Tell Your Time. You have to budget time for it and work it into your daily routine!

Our lunch routine helps ensure we read a chapter or two from our current chapter book (we’re reading Charlotte’s Web at the moment and loving it!)

After baby’s morning nap is storybook time. I shared a few of our favorite picture books  before, but here are five more read-alouds have read over and over and over again (and have’t tired of yet!)

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

When Jessie Came Across the Sea: “Mama, with you read to me?” Rose asked. “I picked your favorite book!” She was referring to this one!

This beautifully illustrated book gives a touching glimpse into the life of a poor, hardworking Jewish immigrant in the late 1800s.

Young, orphaned Jessie (13) is given the chance of a lifetime: to go to America to work with a widowed seamstress. But it means leaving behind her beloved Grandmother.

Enduring love and years of hard work bring the book to a sweet and happy ending. The trials Jesse faces open the door to wonderful conversations about history, immigration, poverty, hard work… and just how blessed we are!

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons: This book teaches vocabulary through bite-sized cookie examples. For example,

“Pessimistic means: How awful, how absolutely dreadful–I have only have my cookie left.”

“Optimistic means: This is great— I still have half my cookie left.”

Seeing the meaning of words like ‘greedy’ or ‘content’ played out through the beautiful illustrations has solidified the meaning for my children.

The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters:

A tale of seven very picky children in hilariously rhyming couplets. Each child in the Peters family has one, and only one, food they will eat. The poor frazzled mother spends her days trying to keep up with their demands.

“Creamy oatmeal, pots of it!
Homemade bread and lots of it!
Peeling apples by the peck,
Mrs. Peters was a wreck.”

A surprising twist solves her dilemma.

Dear friends gave us this book after Meg was born and we’ve read it dozens of times already.  It is one of my children’s absolute favorites. (One caveat though, if you have picky eaters, I wouldn’t recommend the book. It may not help the problem!)

The Bear that Heard Crying

The Bear That Heard Crying:Set in the 1780’s, this book tells the true story of a three-year-old girl who got lost in the woods for four days.

God sent a bear to guard her (and a dream to find her)! The bear found her, watched over her and kept her warm until she was finally rescued.

Like When Jessie Came Across the Sea, this book gives a peak into a bygone era. It also opens up the door for discussions of miracles, God’s goodness, obedience, and life long ago.

Just Me and My Little Brother

Just Me and My Little Brother: Joshua grew up with the Little Critter books and introduced our children to them. I tend to like real life books best of all, but the kiddos love these! The stories are simple and told from the perspective of a little one. This one is about all the things Little Critter and his brother are going to do someday… “but first he needs to learn to walk.”

What are your favorite read-a-louds? 

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  1. says

    Oh such fun! We just found “When Jessie . . .” at a used book store not to long ago and really liked it. We also have “The Bear that Heard Crying” and are wanting to get “The Seven Silly Eaters.” My aunt has it and we’ve read it many times. 🙂
    Let me see, what are the kiddos favorites?
    Krista (5) loves: “Farmyard Tales” and the rest of those books about Appletree Farm. She also has discovered Amelia Bedelia. 🙂 And her new favorites are the “Billy and Blaze” books and she now wants her own pony. 🙂
    James (4) likes just about anything. He happily declares that “it’s my favorite book” even if he’s never seen or heard it before. 🙂
    Joel (2 1/2) loves train books. “Train Coming” and “The Huffin Puffin Express” are two of his favorites. Both are told in delightful rhymes and “Train Coming” was his daddy’s favorite book. I can quote it if you want. 😉
    When Krista was younger she really enjoyed “Mailing May.” A story based on a true event, this is of a little girl who wants to visit her grandmother. But, it is too expensive to send her in the passenger train, so, they “mail” her. 🙂 Very cute!
    And I could go on and on about favorite books, but I won’t. 😀

  2. Kasey says

    I don’t think I have read any of the books on that list…and that thrills me!! New books to try out! Thanks, Anna for taking the time to share some of your favorites!

  3. says

    Mom said I had to tell you a few more of our favorites. 🙂 Didn’t think you’d mind. 😀

    “Make Way for Ducklings,” “Blueberries for Sal,” “Lentil,” “One Morning in Maine,” and “A Time of Wonder” all by Robert McCloskey.

    “Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban. Though this book has talking animals, something we really don’t care for, the story is so fun and the little rhymes in it are great!

    One of my favorites from my childhood is “Little Black, A Pony” by Walter Farley.

    Another series that I read over and over and that Krista really likes is the “Flicka, Ricka and Dicka” series or the “Snip, Snap and Snur” books by Maj Lindman. These books take place in Sweden about three little girls or three little boys.
    That should be enough to keep you busy for a while. 🙂 And, as I mentioned before, I could go on . . . 😉

  4. Amber says

    I love “The Seven Silly Eaters!” I love it most for the pictures and the fact that there are lots of kids. 🙂 The pickiness of the children bothers me though, I can’t decide if it’s a good thing to read to children. 😛

    Another favorite of mine is “The Big Green Pocketbook”
    I made pocketbook to go along with this book just like in the book and filled it with everything that the little girl picks up from the store. 🙂 Little kids LOVE to see each thing as we read through the pages. 🙂 Here’s a picture

    • anna says

      I agree Amber. Thankfully, both Rose and Will are great eaters–otherwise I don’t think I’d like it. 🙂

      Thanks for the book suggestion! And what a cute creative idea to go along with it. I’ll have to see if I can find a copy. 🙂

  5. kathy says

    How fun, Anna! I just ordered three of the books you recommended… hadn’t heard them, and Kathryn had some Christmas money :).

    Of course, you know that one of our favorites is “Mr. Bell’s Fix-it Shop”, and Kathryn continues to love the out-of-print “Little Lips Shall Praise Him”. For missionary stories, do you remember “Pieta and Her Pink Pig” and those stories? That’s just to name a few…

    • anna says

      Awww, fun! I hope she likes them as much as we do!

      Yes, I do remember “Pieta and Her Pink Pig.” I love that story, but it’s so tragic. I don’t know if Rose is quite old enough to handle it–I still cry reading that one. I forgot that there are some other stories in the book too.

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