Reading opens up so many doors of opportunity. It opens up doors of imagination, knowledge and discussion. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to find something that’s both kid-friendly and enjoyable for the entire family, no matter how determined you are to make reading out loud together a priority in your home. Here are five fun read aloud books children and the whole family can enjoy reading together. Reading as a family is fun, whether it is a chapter after dinner or before bed. Reading together is also a great way to get the juices flowing for your family storytelling nights. Furthermore, reading out loud is great for expanding vocabulary and helping children learn to love reading. Reading together is also quality family bonding time
Inspire A Love Of Reading With These Read Aloud Books Children & Adults Can Enjoy Together
Here are 5 read aloud books children will love. I have included my amazon affiliate link at the end of the post for your convenience.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This Lord of the Rings series classic has been a favorite among adults and young readers for years. It has just enough fantasy to appeal to the upper-elementary audience, and just enough depth to appeal to the accomplished 40-year-old father. With options like this on the table, there’s no need to keep flipping through picture books with your 6-year-old. Give yourself a treat and help them learn to read the bigger, better books earlier! You could even whip up a few LOTR snacks to eat while you read.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Growing up in a conservative Christian household, one of the biggest struggles in finding a good read was that I wanted a story with a lot of magic. If that sounds like you, than the good news is that C.S. Lewis provides a faith-based magic story throughout an entire series of books. Everyone can be happy now.
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
This one may just be a personal guilty pleasure. If you don’t enjoy heavy rhyming, forget I said anything. But if you do, this book is an absolute must. You and your kids both will be giggling throughout the entire story, and it is a short read. Perhaps this could be your break between chapter books? Take a night off from the heavier reading and let loose a little bit.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
This books is somewhere in-between Dr. Seuss books and adult favorites. While it is a chapter book, it is not generally considered to be something the average grown-up would pick up at the library to read on their own. However, I feel like it can be an enjoyable story for any age. This was one of the first literary emotional journeys I encountered in my life. It is where I first learned about equality not just among people, but species; where I learned about friendship, love and sacrifice, too. You can never instill these qualities in any child (or person for that matter) too many times, and this is an easy way to do so without having one of the dreaded “family discussions.” This is sure to be a favorite of these read aloud books children and adults can enjoy together and it is great for having important conversations with kids about life lessons.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The story of an orphan girl who finds her own way and wins the love of her newly adopted parents. Such a fun and harmless way to introduce your children to the reality of the orphan crisis, and to feminism. Kids will relate to the story’s playfulness and adults will appreciate its cuteness: Win-Win situation.
Reading makes a great after school activity. Do you like to read as a family? Which of these books have you read with your family? What other read aloud books would you recommend?
Here is a great graphic from that shares life lessons from more iconic children’s books you may enjoy reading out loud as a family.