Happy New Year to my readers!
I wanted to start off the new year with some recommendations of wonderful books to read aloud to your older child. All of the books that I am reviewing below are also movies so the experience of reading the book together and watching the movie can be a multi sensory experience. As my children are getting older, I got sad thinking about the fact that my reading aloud days were over. Then I realized, they are just beginning! Children never grow out of stories which is why adults read for pleasure all of the time. I think it takes a little time and creativity to find books that may appeal to both an adult and child but once you read the book together, it’s a wonderful experience that can be shared over time. These books are also movies which can be shared together!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis took about three weeks to read with my children who are almost 10. The Chronicles of Narnia is a story that both adults and children can enjoy together. The writing of C.S. Lewis takes the reader on a wonderful adventure with four children who seek to save the world of Narnia. They discover the world of Narnia accidentally after playing hide and seek in a wardrobe. One of the main characters Lucy first discovers this world and then introduces it to her brothers and sister. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a beautiful and magical story that will be remembered for a lifetime. After we read the book, we watched the movie and really enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences between the book and movie. We had some stimulating conversations about the different characters and their unique traits. For example, how did the character of Edmund change throughout the story? What did he learn and who did he learn from? To make this more a multi-sensory experience, let your children try some turkish delight!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a classic book that can be enjoyed at any age. The movie, A Wrinkle in Time will be releasing in March so there is plenty of time to read the book before. This book takes you on an adventure Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through different galaxies with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe. The mission for this adventure is to rescue her father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on a different planet. From page 1, this book can captivate the reader and immediately hold the attention of both a child and adult. The book can stimulate some excellent conversation about good and evil as well as emotional and social development of the characters. It’s also ideal for a child’s imagination!
So B. It was one of my favorite chapter books that I have reviewed this year. The story takes place in Reno Nevada and is from the perspective of the main character, Heidi. She lives with her mother but is primarily taken care of by their neighbor, Bernadette. Bernadette is her primary caregiver and home school teacher. Since Heidi’s mother has limited language, she was never able to tell Heidi her birth history or how they ended up in Reno, Nevada. One of her mother’s words is “soof”. Heidi is so puzzled by this word definition and knows that it’s a significant word that means something. How can she find out the meaning of this word? To see my full review of his book, check out this link here. To check out the movie, click here.
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