Monday, January 30, 2012

Flying

What a weekend. I'm still in recovery mode. The sun has barely set on my husband's birthday and the final few hours before the Math Fair tomorrow, which you know I'll be blabbering about sometime this week. Picture a shrieking nine year old girl with a hot glue gun stuck to her fingers. Yep - that was my Sunday. 

My inbox had multiple emails today from dear readers asking for some of my favorite read alouds - I hope you know how much joy this brings me. While reading is subjective (and should be), there are a few authors that should be on everyone's read aloud list. Here are five that my children ask for repeatedly - and I have chosen authors that have written five or more books so you have plenty to choose from.

1. Edith Nesbit - She gets children and adults. We miss her characters terribly after finishing a book, like distant relatives that filled our house with merriment and left way too soon. The Treasure Seekers and The Wouldbegoods were my son's fave. Mine, too.

2. Rudyard Kipling - Have you read The Jungle Book aloud? Heard the sounds of the forest flow from your lips as your children hang on every word? Kipling is magic. Want something a little more advanced? Try Kim.

3. Gerald Durrell - Non-stop laughter from beginning to end. And yet we have learned so much about flora and fauna through his autobiography/novels. My Family and Other Animals was a must read that inspired this.

4. Robert Lawson - His writing is dreamy perfection. 

5. Maira Kalman - I'll be doing an entire post on this author in February. Her nickname should be Peter Pan, because she makes us fly.

This list doesn't begin to scratch the surface. Please consider following me on Pinterest where you'll find many more of our family's favorite read alouds. And I'd love to follow you back for ideas and inspiration. Flying is even better with friends.

Who are some of your favorite read aloud authors?

xoxo Michele