5 Read Alouds You & Your Kids Will Love

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If you’re a parent of a school-aged child then you know that last week was Read Across America Week. For those of you who don’t have school-aged kiddos, Read Across America Week coincides with Dr. Suess’ birthday every year. It’s a reading initiative created by the National Education Association. Schools usually have a spirit week with literary themed days and there’s usually a big celebration at the end of the week. The goal is to celebrate books, authors, and reading and to bring awareness to the importance of reading early and often. 

If you’re looking for something to keep up the momentum from last week or you’re needing a break from Dr. Suess overload, here are some of my favorite read alouds to share with your kiddos at home! 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

By William Joyce

I’m not going to lie, I totally cried the first time I read this book. If you love books then you probably will too. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is about the power of words, stories, and books. How they can bring us joy or sorrow and ultimately even change our lives. This book is sentimental and feels somewhat nostalgic. It’s whimsical and introduces some excellent vocabulary, like “squadron” and “happenstance”. One of my favorite quotes ever even comes from this book, “Everyone’s story matters.” This is the perfect book to continue the celebration of reading.

The Book With No Pictures

By B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures is a unique and silly book that proves to kids that books don’t NEED pictures to be funny or interesting. B.J. Novak uses fun words and onomatopoeia to “force” the reader to say things that the listeners might find humorous … like “Boo Boo Butt” and “I am a Robot Monkey”. Break out your silliest voices (and be prepared to sing) and show your kiddo that while pictures are nice … words alone can be just as much fun. 

Fish is Fish

By Leo Lionni

I am a huge fan of Leo Lionni and if you haven’t read any of his other books I highly recommend them. Fish is Fish is about a minnow who befriends a tadpole, but as Tadpole becomes Frog his world expands beyond the pond. Minnow grows up into a full-fledged fish and becomes envious of Frog and all the things he has seen. He daydreams of all the amazing things he sees on his adventures and wishes to join him. This is a sweet story about friendship and the importance of being true to who you are. 

We Are In A Book

By Mo Willems

Who doesn’t LOVE Mo Willems? Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon, and Elephant & Piggie. So much perfection! Mo Willems has created some seriously beloved stories and characters. We Are in a Book is perfect for post Read Across America Week reading because it celebrates the absolute awesomeness of books. I also love that Elephant & Piggie have no problem breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the reader. It creates a different kind of experience for the reader and listener alike. 

Last Stop On Market Street

By Matt De La Pena

A classic! Most kids have probably heard this book in class before, but I just couldn’t leave it off of my list of favorite read alouds. Last Stop On Market Street documents the beautiful intricacies of a bus ride that CJ and his Nana take after church one day.  This book always reminds me of the importance of community and appreciating the little things in life. I also love that this book features a diverse cast of characters. 

Which read aloud books are family favorites in your house?

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Carey Shofner
Originally from Indiana, Carey moved to South Carolina in 2009. She and her husband, Brett, met during college at USC and now reside in Forest Acres. She is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to their wonderful baby boy. After struggling with infertility for years, their son, Milo, joined their family in November of 2017 through the beautiful gift of adoption. Carey enjoys writing and crafting in her spare time and even has a small Etsy shop and personal blog, both named Simply Shofner. Coffee and cats are her love language and she's passionate about adoption, education and social justice issues. She would describe herself as your totally basic, semi-crunchy, hot mess mom who loves strolling the aisles of Target and play dates at Starbucks.

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