- The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
- The Storm Runners’ series or Sasquatch by Rolland Smith
- The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper by Jean Van Leeuwen (a great read during Christmas time)
- The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
- A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
- The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
- A Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
- Theodosia Throckmorton series by R. L. LaFevers
- The Slate Stephan’s Mysteries by Sneed B. Collard III
- Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
- Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage by Kaye Umansky
- The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell
- The Bliss Bakery series by Kathryn Littlewood
- Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
- Kidnapped, Everest, or Island series by Gordon Korman
- The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
- Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace
- Winny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
- The False Prince series by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
Monday, September 15, 2014
Reading Challenge #1: Read-Aloud Chapter Books
A reading challenge I have run into lately is finding good read-aloud chapter books for children--ages 6 and up. After talking with my librarian mother and looking over the books I have reviewed in the past, I have compiled a list of wholesome read-alouds that are good for any age group.
Remember, a book might be an incredible read, but it may not be a good read-aloud. In my opinion, there are four characteristics of a top quality read-aloud: 1) a strong sense of voice in the text; 2) an attention-grabbing beginning; 3) a consistently captivating plot; 4) a fun, positive storyline.
For example, The Dark is Rising is a superior series, but it isn’t a great read-aloud. It doesn’t have an attention grabbing beginning and it can get too ethereal. Little kids won’t sit still for those types of details. For those searching for a good read-aloud book, you want a story that makes you and your listeners want to come back for more.
I hope these books will be successful read-alouds that you and your family will enjoy.
Let me know what YOU think. What chapter books have been great read-alouds for your families?