Summer Read-Aloud

Louisa finds a great spot to read in the cherry tree!

Louisa finds a great spot to read in the cherry tree!

Oooh, summer reading! Gives me a thrill to think about it, as those free hours can be so wonderfully applied to all the lovely books we miss during the school year!

Right now, Louisa and I are reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Yes, Louisa is old enough to read it by herself, but then I would miss out, and I don’t want to. Plus, she wouldn’t have a good reason to sit and crochet or draw while she listens. And, most of all, we’d miss those interesting, value-transferring discussions that bind our hearts together!

Don’t lose the opportunity to read aloud to your kids. Teenagers are not too old! Even my husband listens in.

Here are some of our recent reads that we have totally enjoyed, in case you are looking for a good book! Children can listen to much harder literature than they can read, so this is a read-aloud (not silent reading) list.

For young ones:
(ages 4-9 years, although older ones will like them too!)

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • The Little House on the Prairie books
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • By the Great Horn Spoon
  • Trumpet of the Swan
  • Call it Courage
  • Summer of the Monkeys
  • Homer Price
  • Understood Betsy
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Hundred Dresses

For the oldies:
(10 through teen)

  • Laddie
  • The Borrowers
  • A Lantern in Her Hand
  • God’s Smuggler
  • Treasures of the Snow
  • Crispin
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
  • Indian Captive
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel


(uh, oh. . . I’m getting carried away! There are so many great ones!)



May I recommend:

Happy Girl

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Little Britches

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