One of our favorite things to do with our kids as they got older was to read chapter books out loud. Because books are all about stories and imagination, they are a great alternative to screen time. The Christmas season with its cozy evenings and relaxed bedtimes is the perfect time for this.
You may think your child doesn’t have the attention span for an entire chapter but consider giving it a try anyway. Even a 4 year old can sometimes become enchanted with the story. A chapter doesn’t take long to read and you may find yourself easily giving in to pleas for “one more chapter” as you get caught up in the story yourself.
When parents ask me what makes a good read-aloud chapter book I have endless suggestions, but our family had a tradition of reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary as a first chapter book. We read the Ramona books, also by Beverly Cleary, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and anything by E.B. White. For laughs you can’t beat Hank the Cowdog. I could go on and on, but this link will give you a wide variety of great suggestions to get you started. Come in to the library and we will help you find just the right book!
This Christmas start a new tradition and read a chapter book out loud as a family. You will be giving the gift of time, togetherness, and the love of great books.
Have the happiest of holidays,
Sara Steinmetz, Harrisonville Branch Children’s Specialist
What chapter books do you suggest are ideal for reading aloud to a child? Share your ideas by commenting below.