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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This book is mentioned often as a great book for kids and a great read aloud. I’ve never read it, so I decided to introduce myself and the kids to it by turning it into our family read aloud.

Published: 1975

Genre: middle grade realistic fantasy/intrusive fantasy

Length: 139 pages

Setting: Treegap, in a Southern state, late 1800s Continue reading

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The Twits by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that we happened to have lying around the house. I must have seen it in at a thrift store or something and picked it up because Dahl always makes for a good read aloud. I thought it would be a good start to our year as a read aloud.

Published: 1980

Genre: middle grade fiction (there are talking animals, but they only talk to each other and it doesn’t really feel like fantasy)

Length: 76 pages with lots of illustrations

Setting: England, it felt like the 1940s, but certainly not even the 1980s. Continue reading

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The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

I’ve seen this book recommended as a good math read aloud by Thomas Jefferson Education homeschoolers. I was intrigued by the thought of a math read aloud and got the book.

Subtitle: A Mathematical Adventure

Published: 1997 in Germany, 1998 in English translation

Genre: 253 pages of story, 262 pages total

Setting: the dreams of a young boy Continue reading

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

This is a classic kid’s book. We’ve got the second book in the series on the shelf, which I kept wanting to read. Better read the first in the series before the second. It was a nice change of pace from our last read aloud, The Last Unicorn.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade survival fiction

Length: 170 pages

Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade sports fiction

Length: 237 pages

Setting: probably North Carolina, present day

Font: Adobe Garamond Pro

Interest: I wanted to read the kids a book in verse and this book has been staring at me at the library for a while. I thought it might be a safe introduction to the genre since it was about sports. Continue reading

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Published: 2002

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 292 pages

Setting: Coconut Cove, Florida, present day

Interest: I saw it at the library used book sale and remember hearing it was a good audiobook. That means it would make a good read aloud. Miss Adventure decided it should be our next bedtime story. Continue reading

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Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Published: 1997

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 87 pages of story, but my book added an essay about the book by the author to get up to 102 pages

Setting: Cleveland, 1990s

Interest: It was recommended to me by a friend as a good read aloud. Continue reading

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