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Read Aloud Books

When I was seven years old and living in the city of Auckland, my parents took up teaching positions at the St Christopher’s Anglican Mission school in Popondetta, Papua New Guinea. My siblings and I enjoyed three years of adventure in our new jungle home where we become explorers in our own wild kingdom. We swam and fished in the rivers and made huts and gardens where we grew pineapples, peanuts and bananas. We chased huge emerald and blue butterflies. We ran barefoot and free, and imagined ourselves as Tarzan and Jane, swinging on vines through the jungle. Vivid, poignant memories. But one of the most enduring, significant memories I have of that time is of us all squashed in Mum and Dad’s bed, listening to Dad read to us from The Chronicles of Narnia by Tilley light, as the monsoon rains pounded the tin roof and geckos scuttled across the ceiling.

Many years later when I became a mother, I had the joy of reading aloud to my six children every morning, and then listening to Chris read to them by the fire before bedtime. Over those twenty years, we devoured so many books—picture books, classics, mysteries, biographies, adventure stories… What a joy! When our last child left home, I grieved the fact that there would be no more reading aloud sessions. But then Chris and I realised that there was nothing stopping us reading aloud to each other—just the two of us. Since then, we read aloud to each other each night and have enjoyed many of James Herriot’s stories together. 🙂 We are also looking forward to sharing many happy hours reading to our grandchildren in years to come.

Below is a list of some of our favourite books. Of course, I couldn’t list them all, but there are enough here to get you well and truly started!

The ages given are a guide only. The beautiful picture books can be enjoyed by children of all ages—including adults. Books in the 6+ category will be beyond their own reading age but still be enjoyed when read by a parent.

Enjoy! And read, read, read!

Picture Books

Beatrix Potter books

Winnie the Pooh collection and poems by A A Milne

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett

Paddington series by Michael Bond

Brambly Hedge Seasons series by Jill Barklem

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

Curious George by Hans A Rey

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by P J Lynch

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges

The Log Cabin Quilt by Ellen Howard

Mr Brown Can Moo by Dr Seuss

Shirley Hughes books

Pancakes for Findus by Sven Nordqvist

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

6yrs +

Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson

The Barn Chronicles series by Rosie Boom

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds

The Adventures of Romy by Penelope Foote

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

8yrs +

The Drover’s Road Collection by Joyce West

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth

My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

Thunderhead by Mary O’Hara

Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

The Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

The Perilous Road by William O. Steele

Carry on, Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

Little Britches series by Ralph Moody

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Duncan’s War by Douglas Bond

Jip by Katherine Paterson

Becky Landers Frontier Warrior by Constance Lindsay Skinner

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I Am David by Ann Holm

On to Oregon! By Honore Morrow

Where Lions Roar at Night by Rosie Boom

Trailblazer books by Dave & Neta Jackson

Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

Death of a Guru by Rabindranath R. Maharaj

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

Brotherband series by John Flanagan

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Green Ember series by S D Smith

What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

No-One Went to Town by Phyllis Johnston

Black Boots and Buttonhooks by Phyllis Johnston

Runaway Settlers by Elsie Locke

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray Vining

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson

House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Michael Morpugo books

Patricia St John books

Children on the Oregon Trail by Anna Rutgers van der Loeff

Sadie Rose Adventure series by Hilda Stahl

Christy by Catherine Marshall

The Rocky Ridge Years series by Roger Lea MacBride

Good Night Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Pocahontas – True Princess by Mari Hanes

Two Mighty Rivers – Son of Pocahontas by Mari Hanes

The Great Trek by Ion L Idriess

Biggles series by W E Johns

Mandie Adventure series by Lois Gladys Leppard

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