20 Favorite Read Alouds for the Whole Family:

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I’m so grateful my last post has been helpful to thousands of you looking for resources during this time. Thank you to all who have shared the link.

Since many libraries have closed for the unforeseeable future, I hope to help offer several of our family’s favorite read-aloud books for the whole family.

Whether your kids are 4, 6 or 10, I believe they’ll enjoy listening to these stories.

The idea is the books listed are thought-provoking, often funny and entertaining as well as classic great stories every child should have the opportunity to enjoy.

Most importantly, these are fantastic books to add to your home library (thank you Amazon delivery!)

What better time to start reading aloud to your kids than now? You might be surprised at how much you enjoy these stories too.

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

C.S. Lewis

Favorite Read Aloud Books for the Whole Family:

Aesop’s Fables
Get your kids thinking on morals and values, friendship, honor, trust and more with these classic fables. Bonus, this version comes with an audio CD.

Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales
This yellow-cover version has come to be a treasure in our home, especially for our youngest child. They’ll ask for you to read these classic tales with sweet illustrations over and over again.

Charlotte’s Web
Not surprised this is on my list? Of course not. There’s nothing like a children’s book that makes even the adults tear up to.

My Father’s Dragon (series)
It’s been years since we’ve read this gem but it’s such a delightful story we’ll be coming back to soon enough.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
You can never go wrong with Narnia. Period.

Matilda
It’s true: Any Roald Dahl book will do. Our son loved Danny, Champion of the World the most and Witches, and our daughter loved George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Magic Finger. There are so many great R.D. stories to choose from!

Bears on Hemlock Mountain
For a shorter read, this short child’s adventure book appeals to everyone in the family.

The Burgess Animal Book for Children
We love Burgess books so much I wrote a curriculum based off his stories (and there are a LOT of them). This one, however, is probably the most well-known and you’ll be surprised at how often your kids want you to pick it up.


Pippi Longstocking
I cannot recommend this one enough… and don’t forget to check out Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, Astrid Lindgren’s lesser known book.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (Series)
Our kids still talk about these hilarious books and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s solutions for children’s bad habits (and it’s been three years since we read through them all).


The Green Ember (Series)
How can you go wrong with rabbits, adventure and saving the world? You can’t.

The Velveteen Rabbit
If the Green Ember series is a little too much for your younger brood, The Velveteen Rabbit is a shorter story (with less adventure) but still one every family should have in their home library.


The Boxcar Children (series)
If you’re looking for shorter chapter books and adventure, don’t forget these classics. Kids love envisioning the idea of having to fend for themselves (even though they’d never dream of doing so).


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Get ready to be tugged at the heart. The Tale of Despereaux’s author “Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.” If your kids are younger, don’t miss Kate DiCamillo’s cutesy Mercy Watson Series.


Five Children and It
What happens when you wish for something froma magical being? You get it (as well as its consequences)! And don’t miss Half Magic.


Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
These unabridged tales are not for the faint of heart. They were written for children to understand life could always be worse… and it could. A great time to read these? Anytime!

A Bad Beginning: Or Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
These books often get a bad rap because of the way the children are treated, but we really enjoyed the first three books in the series. Again, these tales remind us things could always be worse.


Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science
Some days we read this devotional and check off our “science” box for the day. I love how these short descriptions of God and four main areas of science coexist

BONUS: THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE
Okay, we haven’t read this book but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book for kids of all ages so it’s on our list!

I may not have mentioned your family’s favorite book (the Little House series much? They’re on our list for this fall!)…

Lookin for more great family read-aloud book suggestions?

I highly recommend these resources:

Honey for a Child’s Heart
The Read Aloud Handbook
Give Your Child the World
Read Aloud Revival Booklists (website)
The Good and the Beautiful Booklist (website)
Sonlight Booklists (website)
Focus on the Family Booklist (pdf)

And before you go – make sure you check out FREE kids audiobooks right now at STORIES.AMAZON.COM.

What’s your favorite read aloud book for the whole family? Please share below!

With Love.

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