Top Ten Read Alouds to Share with My Kids before They Leave Childhood

Amy Harriton, Associate Head of School, Landmark Christian School
My friend reached out recently and said she was creating a “Top 100” list of books for her kids to read; she asked me to choose my top ten that I would put in this list. I had way too difficult a time just creating a list of ten top books, so I narrowed the topic to the top ten books I’d want them to read before leaving childhood.
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“Works of art participate in our lives; we are not just distant observers of their lives. They are in conversation among themselves and with us. This is part of the description of human life, we do the way we do partly because of things that have been said to us by works of art and because of things that we have said in reply.” -- Berry, Wendell. “Style and Grace” What are People For?: Essays Counterpoint, 2nd ed. 2010. 
 
My friend reached out recently and said she was creating a “Top 100” list of books for her kids to read; she asked me to choose my top ten that I would put in this list. I had way too difficult a time just creating a list of ten top books, so I narrowed the topic to the top ten books I’d want them to read before leaving childhood. Even then, I had the most difficult time deciding which E.B. White book to include on the list. I ended up with Charlotte’s Web, but in practice would probably read Stuart Little or Trumpet of the Swan first because those ones are personally dearer to me. In Wendell Berry’s Style and Grace, he frames art as participating in our lives, contributing to the why and how of what we do, which in turn makes up who we are. All three of E.B. White’s stories were participants in shaping what I thought about friendship, sacrifice, value. The stories we choose to share with our children will be those which they live in reply to for the rest of their lives. 
 
In this time of quarantine, many families are ramping up their read alouds. We have a combination going of reading aloud Dr. Doolittle together as a family and listening to several audiobooks, both independently and together as a family. Audiobooks are a lifesaver! For family seasons when we just can’t seem to find the time or energy to read aloud, almost all of the books below are available by various readers on YouTube for free in addition to wonderfully dramatized readings available in audiobook format. One of our favorite ways to end the day this quarantine season is listening to an author reading from his literary series on YouTube.
 
May this list inspire you as you pick your stories to share with your families during this time of quarantine. What are you reading together? Share with us in the comments below!
 
 
Top Ten Read Alouds to Share with My Kids before They Leave Childhood
 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  
The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: Two of the Greatest Stories Ever Told retold by Gilian Cross 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White  

The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum 

D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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