We read aloud nearly constantly, and each year we declare favorites. For 2007:
- The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda- The books upon which the movie Nanny McPhee is based. The book is better Appropriate for ages 4 years and up, but the dream sequences at the end of each story can be long and laborious. We skipped them.
- The Wheel on the School- Delightful story about the storks coming to a small Dutch village. Appropriate as a read-aloud for 4 years and up, although my 6-year-old was really more attentive than the 4-year-old. Your mileage may vary.
- Grandpa’s Box- Terrific book for Circle Time or family devotions. "Grandpa" tells the redemption story by revealing items in a box, chapter by chapter. We gleaned a lot from this one. The author is Starr Meade, who also wrote Training Hearts, Teaching Minds. Appropriate for ages 6 and up, although the 8-year-old was more attentive than the 6-year-old.
- The Bird’s Christmas Carol- One of the few collections I own is Christmas books, and I found this gem in a used bookstore in Portland. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you that the story will help children to see the beauty and blessing in giving rather than receiving. Don't let the cover on the book sold by Amazon fool you-- I don't believe Santa is even mentioned (but Christ is liberally reverenced) so I'm not sure what the thinking was in choosing the cover art.