Read Alouds

‘To introduce children to literature is to install them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child’s intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find.’ — Charlotte Mason

Over the years I have read aloud to my children most days, and even though the two eldest are independent readers, I still keep going. They are special family times.  For those looking for ideas, I’ve logged our choices here.

Read Alouds with my 4 year old

Read Alouds for 5 year olds

20 Family Read Alouds

Read Alouds 2022

(Children aged 12,10,7)

So far:

  1. Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  2. Lori Rich, William Tyndale: The Smuggler’s Flame
  3. Lucy M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe
  4. Sophie Anderson, The House on Chicken Legs
  5. Hannah Gold, The Last Bear
  6. Thomas Taylor, Malamander

Read Alouds 2021

(Children aged 11,9,6)

  1. Katherine Rundell, Into the Jungle
  2. Esther Averill, Jenny Goes to Sea
  3. Esther Averill, Jenny and the Cat Club
  4. Anna Melbourne, Illustrated Arabian Nights 
  5. Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  6. Holling Clancy Holling, Pagoo
  7. Melissa Harrison, By Ash, Oak and Thorn
  8. Leo Tolstoy, Fables and Fairy Tales
  9. Anne Michaels, The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
  10. Joan Aiken, Tale of a One-Way Street and Other Stories
  11. Katy Morgan, The Promise and the Light

Read Alouds 2020

(Children aged 10,8,5)

  1. Geoffrey Trease, The Young Traveller in England and Wales
  2. James Herriot, Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
  3. Bertha C. & Christine Cannell, Easter Tide Stories
  4. Beverley Naidoo, Journey to Jo’burg
  5. Chris Van Wyk, Long Walk to Freedom
  6. Fiona C. Lunn, The Squirrel
  7. Julia Cameron, Oxford By a Very Oxford Cat
  8. Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington
  9. John Ruskin, The King of the Golden River
  10. Johann Wyss, The Swiss Family Robinson
  11. J.R.R. Tolkein, Mr. Bliss
  12. Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street
  13. Norman Lindsay, The Magic Pudding
  14. Michael Morpurgo, The Snowman
  15. Katherine Rundell, One Christmas Wish

Read Alouds 2019

(Children aged 9,7,4)

  1. E.Nesbitt, Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children
  2. Enid Blyton, Animal Lover’s Book
  3. Holling Clancy Holling, Paddle-to-the-Sea
  4. James Mayhew, The Kingfisher Book of Tales from Russia
  5. Douglas Bond, Mr.Pipes and the British Hymn Makers
  6. Gerald Durrell, The Fantastic Flying Journey
  7. Charles Dickens, Illustrated Stories from Dickens
  8. John Bunyan, Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
  9. Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book
  10. Mig Holder, Mary Jones and Her Bible
  11. Lucy Fitch Perkins, The French Twins
  12. E.Nesbitt, Five Children and It
  13. Oscar Wilde, Stories for Children
  14. F.H.Lee, The Children’s Book of Saints
  15. Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Spanish Twins
  16. E.T.A.Hoffman, The Nutcracker
  17. Elizabeth Goudge, I Saw Three Ships

Read Alouds 2018

(Children aged 8,6,3)

  1. C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
  2. Rumer Godden, The Story of Holly and Ivy
  3. M.L.Nesbitt, Grammarland
  4. Hans Christian Anderson, The Fairy Tales of
  5. Blanche Winder, Stories of King Arthur
  6. Palmer Brown, Hickory
  7. Beatrix Potter, The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
  8. Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
  9. Alison Morgan, River Song
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  11. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  12. Jostein Gaarder, The Christmas Mystery

Read Alouds 2017

(Children aged 7,5,2)

  1. Arthur Ransome, Old Peter’s Russian Tales
  2. Pyotr Yershov, The Magic Horse
  3. Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox
  4. Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Kitty in Boots
  5. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
  6. Enid Blyton, Nature Lover’s Book
  7. Arnold Ytreeide, Amon’s Adventure
  8. Caitlin Matthews, Celtic Memories
  9. Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass
  10. Henry Winterfield, Detectives in Togas
  11. Johanna Spyri, Heidi
  12. Mary & Conrad Buff, The Apple and The Arrow
  13. Arnold Ytreeide, Ishtar’s Odyssey

Read Alouds 2016

(Children aged 6,4,1)

  1. Michael Morpurgo, Aesop’s Fables
  2. Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories
  3. J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan 
  4. Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio
  5. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  6. Ruth Fosdick Jones, Boy of the Pyramids
  7. Anna Melbourne, Illustrated Arabian Nights 
  8. Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales