Read Alouds for the Kids

I got hooked on the idea of learning from literature somewhere in our second year of homeschooling when I was introduced to TJed (short for Thomas Jefferson Education, also called Leadership Education). And while I have always loved literature myself, I hadn't made a conscious effort to include reading as a part of our family culture until then.

At that time I delved deeply into TJed, learning all I could about it. After giving it a good college try, I had to admit to myself that TJEd as a whole was not a good fit for me or our family. However, I retain nuggets from this approach to education. For example, many of the books on the list below are books that we read for our "family book club", an idea that was revealed to me via TJed.

 I loved our family book club meetings. They were beneficial in so many ways. The other families in our club were not homeschoolers, but also loved literature. When our daughter died, I let go of this part of our homeschool for many reasons that I cannot even begin to explain here. And while I sometimes miss our club meetings, I know that at some point, somewhere, with someone, our family will pick up this loved tradition again. In the mean time, here is a list of books that we have read aloud. Again, not a complete list, but a fond reminder of many hours spent with the kids reading a good book.

James and the Giant Peach
Stuart Little
Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)
Half Magic: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition (Tales of Magic)
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
The Borrowers
The Indian in the Cupboard
Kaya: An American Girl : 1764 / Box Set
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
Felicity: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection) [BOX SET] (Paperback)
The Chocolate Touch
A Lion to Guard Us
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)
Josefina's Boxed Set (American Girl Collection)
Where the Red Fern Grow
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic
Caddie Woodlawn
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 2)
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Summer of the Monkeys
Nick of Time (Nick McIver Adventures Through Time)
On the Blue Comet
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
City of Orphans
Five Children and It (Puffin Classics)
The Buttersmiths' Gold (Evertaster Series)
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos
The Glassblower's Children
The Enormous Egg
Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics
Homer Price
The Gold Rush Kid