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Reading aloud to kids is great -- even after they're old enough to read to themselves.
Here are some of our favorite read aloud books for kids -- and ideas about what to talk about and do after reading. (prices are paperback list but these are all available on Amazon for less)
Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak. $4.95
"In January it's so nice... to sip hot chicken soup with rice." And so it goes through the months of the year, each with its very own reason for drinking chicken soup.
The book introduces children to the calendar and to memorable rhymes that help develop a love of language.
Winter Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown, Pictures by Charles G. Shaw.
(This terrific book is out of print -- but you can probably get it at the library)
The author of the beloved Good Night Moon captivates readers by encouraging them to think about what can be heard (someone eating celery) and what is silent (a sleeping elephant. ) Question for parents -- Why are such good books out of print??? Is there anything we can do about it?
The book gets readers to use their ears to listen and their imaginations to invent sounds.
Six to Ten (or any age that can appreciate)
Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne. $4.99. Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.
The author of Winnie- the -Pooh offers a book of poems that captures what it's like being young. Milne understood the fantasies, hopes and diversions of childhood. He also understood how absurd adults sometimes seem to kids.
Stuart Little by E.B. White. Pictures by Garth Williams. $5.95.
Children love this story about a mouse born to a New York (human) family. By the author of Charlotte's Web, the story combines resourcefulness with love, adventure and heroism on the part of its even-smaller-than- the -youngest child protagonist.
What were some of your favorite book when you were growing up? Let us know.
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