It is no secret that reading to your children does a whole lot of amazing things for them. Let me list just a few of the many benefits of reading to your children:
1. Encourage a love of reading
2. Increased brain activity
3. Reading comprehension
First grade is an amazing year. They are beginning to learn how to read on their own. Growing up so fast and yet still so young. Many first graders still love to be read to and their tastes are beginning to develop and mature. You can begin to introduce lengthier books at this age. In January I wrote a similar post, where I shared my favorite 15 books to read aloud. Those are favorites from my childhood and you should definitely check out that list!
Here are a few of my favorite books to read aloud to my 6 year old daughter. Please let me know your favorites too!
8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – This is a fabulously imaginative book written by one of the most creative minds on the list. A boy loves a tree and asks for apples from it. The tree gives, every single time. As the boy grows, he keeps asking and asking for more. It is a beautiful book that teaches a story of one’s capacity to love and give to those that ask, and limits that are reached.
7. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater – This was a childhood favorite of mine. Oh the hilarity that ensues as Mr. Popper’s Penguines make a wreck of his house! My animal-loving daughter loves it when I read this to her.
6. The BFG by Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl wrote some fabulous books, I highly suggest borrowing others he wrote when you are picking this up at your library. The BFG is my favorite though. The Big Friendly Giant is just as fun to read as it is to listen to! All the words and characters Roald Dahl creates will have your child enthralled.
5. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – This is an entire series and one my ballet-dancing daughter loves. They are stories of hard work, perseverance, dreams, and adventure!
4. Encyclopedia Brown by Donal Sobal - Lizzie loves reading this with her daddy. These mini-mysteries are so fun to try and solve before flipping to the back of the book and see if you were right!
5. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne - I remember reading these as a child too and fell in love with the characters all over again (and I grew up with the cartoons on TV). They are warm fuzzy stories and full of sweet little funny plots.
4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – This story has been featured in many, many movies (including one featuring Shirley Temple and another by the Veggie Tales). It is beautifully written, complete with the values of dreams, hope, and never losing site of who you are – no matter what people say about you.
3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgrin – This is such a hilarious series of books! As a child, I remember wishing I had the wit and freedom of Pippi! Lots of giggles ensue when we read this book together.
2. Ramona series by Beverly Cleary – Ramona is such an imaginative and free-spirited little girl. She is a favorite character of my daughter’s – she emulates her jokes and asks me to read this book over again.
1. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - I love how different this is from the movie – Lizzie did too! She loved all the different characters in the book that were not in the movie.