Reading aloud from novels is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy reading picture books, as well, but there is nothing like a good children’s novel, shared out loud.
I tend to think it pays off to be careful about what those very first novels are, though.
A cumbersome, boring, or otherwise unpleasant first experience with longer narrative can really take the wind out of your sails, and who needs that?
If you’re just getting started reading aloud from novel-length books with your kids, you’ll enjoy it more if you ease in with book that have short chapters, fantastic characters, and easy-to-follow plot lines.
Here are some of my very favorites:
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You can pretty much close your eyes and pick any single one of those books and you’ll be in good shape.
If your child is at all hesitant about listening to a story without any pictures, give one of these a go and see what he says after.
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These are my best tips and tricks for making the transition from picture books to chapter books and novels as smooth as possible, and I share which author I think is the #1 best to start with. :)