Curl Up on the Couch Read-Aloud List

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We have read together as a family, many,many, many, books over many years.  It is has become an identifier for our family.  Not only do we love the stories, but it has become our family “culture”.  Stories are woven into our lives; we have a personal history of book readings.  Our read-alouds have taught us about God and humanity, enlightened us, grown our knowledge of history, helped us map the globe, and grow our vocabulary.

Through our shared experience, we’ve laughed ourselves silly, pondered great ideas, and come to fall in love with characters while disdaining others.  A bank of quotes and imagery are ours forever.  

An amazing fruit of reading out loud together has been one of bonding love.  -All in one room, non-distracted, and focused on something “together”, but also listening to each other’s insights, ideas, predictions, opinions, and emotional response.  After investing in a chapter or two, a half hour or more, we have converged as family around the story and characters.  But we have also written a heart story of our own.  

Books and attachment go together.

Here is a short list of some of our favourite read-alouds (in no particular order). Some you will know and some may be new discoveries for you and your family:

  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Magic Puddin’
  • Madeleine Takes Command
  • The Moonstone
  • The Woman in White
  • The Man Who Was Thursday
  • Around The World in Eighty Days
  • The Oz books
  • Darby O’Gill books
  • David Copperfield
  • The Pickwick Papers
  • The Warden
  • Mr. Midshipman Easy
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Danny, Champion of the World
  • Four Faultless Felons
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

What is your favourite curl-up read?


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Therese McDonald