Kids who are 4-7 years old often love stories and can even begin to enjoy chapter books. Reading aloud to kids this age can be such a delight!

You’re also able to have great conversations about what you’re reading together.

There’s a whole chapter in The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids Through Books about reading with this age group, but today…

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what you are really going for at this stage (you’ll like the answer!)
  • what to look for in books for this age group
  • just a few book recommendations 😉

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  • 1:14 A common question we’re hearing
  • 3:26 Reading aloud with 4- to 7-year-olds
  • 5:48 It’s OK to still read picture books!
  • 6:50 Safeguard delight
  • 8:01 Should you do extension activities?
  • 9:17 What to look for…
  • 13:58 Book recommendations
  • 17:29 Other resources for this age group
  • 18:47 Let the kids speak

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Episode 95
My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

FROM SARAH

Start with this book, if you haven't read many (or any!) chapter books or novels with your child before. Short chapters, rich narrative, and an engaging story will reel your listeners in.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride.

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Water Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)

Water Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)

$17.99

From Amazon: "Water can be a...  Thirst quencher Kid drencher Cloud fluffer Fire snuffer Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year."

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A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)

A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)

$17.99

From Amazon: A leaf can be a . . . Shade spiller Mouth filler Tree topper Rain stopper Find out about the many roles leaves play in this poetic exploration of leaves throughout the year.

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A Rock Can Be (Millbrook Picture Books)

A Rock Can Be (Millbrook Picture Books)

$17.99

From Amazon: Rocks may seem like boring, static objects—until you discover that a rock can spark a fire, glow in the dark, and provide shelters of all shapes and sizes. Laura Purdie Salas's lyrical rhyming text and Violeta Dabija's glowing illustrations show how rocks decorate and strengthen the world around t...

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The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & the Mouse

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In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted.

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The Tortoise & the Hare

The Tortoise & the Hare

$18.00

**Description from Amazon: This companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse is Jerry Pinkney's most stunning masterpiece yet. Even the slowest tortoise can defeat the quickest hare, and even the proudest hare can learn a timeless lesson from the most humble tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race! Here is a ...

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Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)

Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)

**Description from Amazon: Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold...

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown Treasury

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Treasury

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Featuring Bedtime Stories, The Please and Thank You Book, A Day at the Fire Station, A Day at the Police Station, A Day at the Airport, Nicky Goes to the Doctor plus a bonus section full of fun activities, this is truly a treasury to celebrate, from the one and only Richard Scarry.

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Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: The big hand of the clock is at 12.The little hand is at 7.It is seven o' clock.It is bedtime for Frances.It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one f...

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The Read-Aloud Family

The Read-Aloud Family

$21.67

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids' academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life's challe...

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The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

FROM SARAH:

I wrote this book as a love note, of sorts, to the Read-Aloud Revival community. You'll find practical tips, inspiring stories, and booklists for every age. The audio book won was nominated for an Audie Award!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

USA Today Bestseller |  The stories we read--and the conversations we have about them--help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family--it has the power to change the world. 

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

$17.99

**Description from Amazon: Llama, Llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama.Mama isn't coming yet.Baby Llama starts to fret.In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft...

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Cycle City

Cycle City

$17.99

**Description from Amazon: When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-a...

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Lola Dutch

Lola Dutch

FROM SARAH:

Lola Dutch is a little too much. Any chance your kids can relate? The world is a big wonderful place, and Lola feels bursting with creativity! This one appeals to my girls and my boys alike. Listen to the husband/wife team behind this book on the RAR podcast.

Lola Dutch is a delightfully creative girl who is bursting with grand ideas.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

From the best ways to serve breakfast -- an elegant feast! -- to the ideal sleeping spot -- a majestic blanket fort, of course! -- Lola is inspired all day long.

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