Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - My Choice of topics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Today's topic is a freebie. I get to pick what I want to list. I thought about listing movies. But I actually decided to list the books that I think would be good read aloud books for children not yet reading. Yes they are all chapter books, but still wonderful ones. The covers are the ones I grew up with, not the more modernized versions.

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White  - This is one of my all time favorite books. I'm not sure when I first read it, but I was somewhere in elementary school. When I was student teaching in Kindergarten, we read this book aloud to the class. 

2. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar - one of my elementary school teachers read this to us. There are 30 stories, so it was one chapter a day. While not really the best for super young children, it's a fun read aloud for kids around 6 or 7 years old.

3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - Another book that was read aloud to me in I think 3rd grade. It's still a fun read to kids.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - I'm not sure if this was ever read aloud to me or not. I do remember reading it probably in 5th grade. But it's still a good book. And besides, what child wouldn't want to visit a chocolate factory through the pages of this book?

5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson - Probably not the best read one to read to very young children, but I love the underlying truth of the book. Here you have the wild bunch of Herdman kids whom everyone is surprised to see when they show up at church. Yet when they hear the Christmas Story, the kids turn what could be the biggest disaster in the church's history into the best show ever. 

6. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - I grew up watching the Judy Garland movie. It wasn't until I was in college that I actually read the book. And that's because it was a read aloud in the Kindergarten class I was student teaching in. I was actually surprised at how the kids loved it. 

7. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell - This was another one that was read aloud to me while I was in elementary school. I remember the boys in the class LOVING it. 

8. Heidi by Johanna Spyri - I think Mom read this aloud to me when I was little. I've read it several times since (and seen all of the movie adaptations). It's a classic that most little girls would enjoy. 

9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I don't remember if this was read aloud to me or not. Or did I borrow my brother's copy and read for myself around the time I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. But it's a great story. This is the one I'd recommend starting the Narnian adventures with.

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio - I've never read this book. My mind had drawn a blank for another read aloud, so I asked an elementary librarian friend of mine for some ideas. This was the first one she recommended. Here's the Goodreads description.
You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

And that's my Top Ten Read Alouds. What would you put on your list?


  1. Oh my gosh you've listed two of my all-time favorite books!
    Heidi and James and the Giant Peach!

  2. I love seeing what people from different places grew up with... I think from this list Oz is the only one that's in the Hungarian children's canon. Fun :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary

  3. Lovely list of books in your post. I like the topic idea. I think reading out loud to children helps them want to become avid readers when they are older.

    Here's the link to my Top Ten Tuesday post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-sexy-male-characters-in.html

  4. I watched the cartoon version of Charlotte's Web all. the. time. as a kid. It's a really cute story. :) And of course, Narnia is always a winner in my book.

  5. Nice list! I love Charlotte's Web, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I read them myself, but agree that they would definitely be good read alouds!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/top-ten-tuesdays-5/


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