5 Read Alouds that Changed our Family

In our home, Read Aloud time is magical. Ok not really, but it is a feat to get everyone settled and quiet, and that in itself is magical. There is something special about gathering together on the couch or over lunch and reading a really great story. While I rarely force my children to read what I might consider “good quality” literature in their own reading time, I always try and choose excellent stories for our family read alouds.  These 5 books have stayed with us long after we turned the last page. They are lovely in their character development and storylines. We have laughed a lot, cried some and rejoiced through the ups and downs of each chapter. We saw ourselves in our own humanity through the eyes of these characters, for better for worse. Our discussions have been rich.

 

5 Read Alouds that have changed our Family

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

Are you trying to teach empathy or compassion? Do your children have any bullies in their life? This book is a must read for every girl. So many great conversations evolved from this story. My children will never forget the impact of their own words on others after reading this short novel.

The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare

This beautifully written story will keep your children begging for another chapter. We followed Daniel, the main character throughout the story as he deals with the hand that life has dealt him under the oppressive thumb of the Romans. Can hate be overcome? How do you love someone that has hurt you? This will be a book we will return to time and time again.

The Tanglewood’s Secret, Patricia St. John

You CAN NOT go wrong with any of Patricia St. Johns books in this series. We have loved them all. Each of them have taught us something. I have cried my way through many of them. If you need some quality character building stories, these will give you many opportunities to point to real life situations and compare them to the characters stories in the book.

In the Tanglewood’s secret we were introduced to a character that struggled with her temper. This story allowed for us to discuss the implications of not controlling our emotions Which some of us may/may not have issues with… {ahem} It also sweetly pointed us to the need for all of us to have a Savior.

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The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

A book that needs little introduction. An epic battle of good and evil woven through great story telling and fantastic imagery. The allegories gave us much to discuss and it kick started us into a whole new love for the fantasy genre.

Almost Home, Wendy G Lawton

This is a story of the pilgrims journey to America. While I can’t say it is one of my favorites, it did give us a sobering view of the struggles of our early founders. Joy and contentment does not come from our circumstances, this was the lesson we learned and continue to reflect on after reading this moving story.

 

Do you have any books that have stuck with you long after you turned the last page? Share your favorites in the comments below. I would love to add to our growing list.

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4 thoughts on “5 Read Alouds that Changed our Family”

  1. We love read alouds! I honestly can’t imagine homeschooling with out them. I am impatiently waiting for Squishy to be old enough for Lion Witch and the Wardrobe.

  2. We LOVED the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. So very good! ( My characters seemed to always have British/ Scottish accents;).

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