Tuesday, June 3, 2014

4th-Grade Read-Alouds

At this time every year, I post a list of "chapter books" we've read aloud to N. over the past year.  I track our reading at Listography.  This year, we read fewer titles overall because we had less read-aloud time (many late bedtimes due to outings!) during our five months in Europe and because N. reads so much himself.  But we are committed to continuing reading aloud to N., and he loves being read to.  Though he's a very advanced reader, there is still a gap between his reading ability and his comprehension ability so we can read aloud more complex (and more old-fashioned!) books than he might read on his own.  I love the social aspect of reading aloud, the shared experience of the book that we can talk about as we read and remember  together with pleasure.

The highlights of our reading this year were the Great Brain series and Nesbit's Bastables books.  We also really loved Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce.  Reading Great Northern at the start of last summer was bittersweet because it was the last of the beloved Swallows and Amazons series.  But we reread a couple favorites this year (The Secret Garden and The Railway Children), so we may well reread the Swallows and Amazons books (actually we've already reread a couple of the early books in the series in previous years).
  • Great Northern? By Arthur Ransome
  • The Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • More Adventures of the Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • Me and My Little Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (read half, then it got too sad!)
  • The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
  • The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit
  • The New Treasure-Seekers by E. Nesbit
  • Oswald Bastable and Others by E. Nesbit (read half)
  • The Great Brain at the Academy by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • The Avion My Uncle Flew by James Fisher
  • Act One by Moss Hart (read by T.)
  • The Great Brain Reforms by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • Mary Poppins in the Park by P.L. Travers
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
  • The Return of the Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Case for Pluto by Alan Boyle (read by T.)
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (read by T.)
  • The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald
  • Grayson by Lynne Cox
  • The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald
June 2013-May 2014

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