Why did these books make the final cut? These are the books the kids and I remember with almost a tender fondness and sometimes almost awe. These are the books that made us laugh and cry more than the others. These were books that seem like part of our family.
This is very, very difficult, and I am going to cheat by listing a series as one book; but it's my blog so I can do what I want. (To read the rest of my list and descriptions of each, please visit my Top 25 Read-Alouds (for ages 5-12) at Simple Homeschool!)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
2. The Little House on the Prairie series (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
3. Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)
4. Cheaper by the Dozen (Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey)
5. Little Britches (Ralph Moody)
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl):
7. The Ramona series (Beverly Cleary)
8. The Boxcar Children #1-4 (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
9. Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
10. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (Peg Kehret)
And one final word: this is my list. In our reading-aloud life, I often took the day shift and my husband took the before-bed shift. His read-aloud list would be somewhat different and would certainly include The Hobbit, The Phantom Tollbooth, and The Cricket in Times Square.
What's on your list? You can link up at Angie's Top Ten Tuesday!