Jennifer Noel Wilson
World Read Aloud Day!
Updated: Oct 12, 2021
Today is World Read Aloud Day! What a fun day to celebrate! When my kids were babies, I had a mentor mom teach me to read out loud to my kids, even as they get older. Guess what? I still read out loud with my 12 year old daughter. We love it! When I was pregnant with my first child, I actually read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series out loud to him. Yes, he was in the womb, but I knew he could hear my voice.
I’ll let you know a secret about me. I actually grew up struggling with reading. Sometimes the words, but usually understanding what I read. I didn’t really get into reading books until my mom introduced me to Nancy Drew. I loved Nancy Drew, still do! Mysteries became my favorite books to read. In high school a friend introduced me to Frank Peretti and I devoured his books! I also fell in love with Janette Oke’s books. I know, very different from Peretti!
Since I did struggle with reading early on, I wanted to make sure my kids were good, strong readers. I wanted them to fall in love with books at an early age. So, I started reading to my oldest while he was still in the womb. 😉 I read out loud with all three of my children every night. The boys started reading more on their own as they got older. My daughter did as well, but she still wants mom to read out loud with her, even now. Be still my heart. 🙂
In honor of this wonderful day, I’d love to share with you some favorite book titles my kids chose to read over and over and over again. I encourage you to read out loud with your little ones and your bigger ones. There are so many great books out there! Plus, they love that time spent with you and it cultivates a joy for reading.
(Click the links below to find these books)
A Big Guy Took My Ball and any Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
A Visitor for Bear Series by Bonny Becker
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Curious George Books by H.A.Rey
Gigi: God’s Little Princess Series by Sheila Walsh
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Hermie: A Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
Will God’s Mighty Warrior Series by Sheila Walsh
Middle Grade Books
Alabaster Dangermond Series by Jason VanHorn
Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy) by Jonathan Rogers
Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Faithgirlz: A Dolphin Wish Series by Natalie Grant
Five Kingdoms Series by Brandon Mull
Jack Staples Series by Mark Batterson
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (my daughter’s favorite author)
The Glass Castle Series by Trisha White Priebe & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Prince Warriors Series by Priscilla Shirer