The main reason I read The Read-Aloud Handbook was to get suggestions to read aloud to the kids. The book didn’t disappoint. All of these books were suggestions from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, seventh edition. I went through the treasury of read-alouds that ends the book and found quite a few I was interested in. I’m collecting them all here so I don’t forget about them, along with a brief description. Follow the link to an Amazon page if you’re interested in purchasing the book for yourself, and thanks for supporting my blog.
Stone Fox by John Gardiner – based on a Rocky Mountain legend about a boy who tries to save his grandfather’s farm by winning a local bobsled race
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – another dog story, but this one set in the 1903 Klondike gold rush
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose – a Civil Rights era story that Miss Adventure could read on her own
The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – a paranormal suspense story
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr – a humorous story about herding turkeys in the Kansas Territory in the 1860s
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis – this sounds like a companion to Bud, Not Buddy, which I enjoyed reading to the kids years ago. It’s the story of a black family during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Trelease recommends watching the PBS special Riding the Rails to go along with the book.
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier – an American Revolutionary War story set in Connecticut
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle – a classic written in 1888 set in warring medieval German tribes – I’m sure this one is available via gutenberg.org
Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell – another American Revolutionary War story, but this time focusing on a girl who runs away from the conflict to live in the wilderness
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – about a girl on a merchant ship sailing from England to the U.S. in 1932
Read All About It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens by Jim Trelease – a collection of short fiction and nonfiction work that is appropriate for teens and tweens