Here are all the Read Aloud Books we read together as a family last year. There are some great read aloud chapter books here!
Reading aloud to my four kids is my favorite part of every day.
It's also probably the most consistent thing I've ever done! I've started and stopped a hundred different exercise programs and meditation goals, but I've read aloud to my children before bedtime every night for years. That being said, it's been a successful venture entirely because it is so enjoyable for all five of us.
What Reading Aloud Looks Like at Our House
Although we do read picture books, and occasionally chapter books, at other times during the day, bedtime is the best read aloud time for our family. Here's what it looks like:
Around 7PM I help Rory, my 6 year old, get his pajamas on and brush his teeth. Then, while I read aloud to him (either a few picture books, or a chapter from an easier chapter book), the girls (ages 10, 12, and 14) get ready for bed.
When everyone is ready for bed, all the kids pile onto my bed, or the floor near my bed, and we start with scriptures and prayers before I begin reading aloud from our family read aloud book. Rory normally falls asleep while we read, which is why I read something separate with him first.
While I read, the girls draw, color, or embroider something to keep their hands busy. We always read at least one chapter, but often more when the book is really good.
This whole process takes about 1.5 hours, give or take.
It's not a perfect system because some nights the girls have activities (although, not in 2020) so we have to start later and we don't read as long. Sometimes the kids argue about who gets to sit next to me, or bicker about who stole their pencil or whose feet are touching them. Still, more often than not, our bedtime reading routine is the very best part of the day.
In 2020 we read 28 books aloud together as a family (and listened to three great audiobooks). Here's what we read:
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