Saturday, February 23, 2008

Good Family Read Alouds

The following list contains some of my personal favorites for reading aloud as a family, or listening to on tape/cd in the car:

Richard Peck's Fair Weather, Long Way to Chicago, or A Year Down Yonder
Listening for Lions
Star of Kazan
Ralph Moody's Little Britches series
Shiloh
Where the Red Fern Grows
Castle in the Attic and Battle for the Castle
and the obvious:
anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edward Eager, or E. Nesbitt, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit and for older listeners, the Lord of the Rings.

I have also recently read a fabulous, fantasy adventure by author, Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Like Susan Cooper, McQuerry uses myth as a backdrop for contemporary characters in Wolfproof. McQuerry shows how the moral decisions of young social misfit, Timothy James, and the ultra-popular Jessica affect not only their own futures, but the lives of those around them. Highly recommended for junior high and above.

Crooked River, by Shelly Pearsall, is a captivating narrative jumping between the voice of Rebecca, a young girl on the Ohio frontier, and the voice of Indian John, the Indian being held captive in Rebecca's attic pending his trial for the murder of a white fur trapper. Crooked River joins the ranks of other great literary trials such as To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Crucible, by persuading the reader to consider all points of view and forcing a close look at the prejudices of the time. Highly Recommended.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Good Family Read Alouds

The following list contains some of my personal favorites for reading aloud as a family, or listening to on tape/cd in the car:

Richard Peck's Fair Weather, Long Way to Chicago, or A Year Down Yonder
Listening for Lions
Star of Kazan
Ralph Moody's Little Britches series
Shiloh
Where the Red Fern Grows
Castle in the Attic and Battle for the Castle
and the obvious:
anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edward Eager, or E. Nesbitt, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit and for older listeners, the Lord of the Rings.

I have also recently read a fabulous, fantasy adventure by author, Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Like Susan Cooper, McQuerry uses myth as a backdrop for contemporary characters in Wolfproof. McQuerry shows how the moral decisions of young social misfit, Timothy James, and the ultra-popular Jessica affect not only their own futures, but the lives of those around them. Highly recommended for junior high and above.

Crooked River, by Shelly Pearsall, is a captivating narrative jumping between the voice of Rebecca, a young girl on the Ohio frontier, and the voice of Indian John, the Indian being held captive in Rebecca's attic pending his trial for the murder of a white fur trapper. Crooked River joins the ranks of other great literary trials such as To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Crucible, by persuading the reader to consider all points of view and forcing a close look at the prejudices of the time. Highly Recommended.