I love curling up with my kids and a great book!
Reading aloud is good for everyone. It’s calming, centering, and connecting, not to mention the skills development and modeling going on.
In the summertime at our house, we like to carry a basket of good read-alouds out to the front porch to read on the glider.
A covered porch is a beautiful spot in a warm summer rainstorm!
I throw a few games into the basket along with the books and it’s good to go – front porch, back deck, picnic blanket in the yard or even to the park.
Having that basket ready is a good reminder, a trigger, to make time to curl up and read.
You can replenish the basket each month with three to four new titles. And you’ll be well on your way to developing that read-aloud habit.
My love of reading aloud was thwarted in the early years by fidgety, wrastling boys! But I started small, just reading a few pages at a time.
Giving them something to do with their hands really helped! Just ask your kids to model something from the story and off you go. (Check out my Pinterest board on Modeling for some recipes – the two ingredient modeling beeswax recipe is oh so simple.)
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Recommendations for June Read-Aloud June
The Trump of the Swan by E.B. White
I love this story of a boy who finds a trumpeter swan who cannot make a sound. The young swan finds his voice in a very surprising way. The characters of the swans are so rich and this is a beautifully serene story of nature images painted with words.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A touching story about passing wisdom down through the generations. From Great Aunt Alice to little Alice, when you grow up, “you must do something to make the world more beautiful.” Written so poetically, I tear up every time I read this book. The New York Times Book Review: “dedicated to the belief that life and art are inseparable.”
Peter William Butterblow and Other Little Folk by C.J. Moore
A book of lovely little poems about gnomes! Each double page spread has one poem and a beautiful drawing. Gnomes “trit-trotting” through the woods, picking strawberries under the bright summer sun, or wandering through our houses at night tidying the kitchen and having a little snack as a reward. Great for reading again and again. And for olders to read to youngers.
Other Treats in Our Reading Basket
Enjoy your summer reading and let me know where your reading basket takes you!