Top 5 Read-Aloud Books
““Hello?” I tried to keep the irritation out of my voice. I guess all the inconvenience was my own fault. After all, becoming a detective means signing up for everyone’s problems even if they come at midnight.
“Rory, I need your help. My diamond was stolen.”
When Detective Greywood gets a midnight case from a forgetful friend, he thinks it’s just another robbery. But when he learns his client stored the world’s eighth largest diamond in a highly secure bank vault, he knows there must be much more to the case. Only the owner himself could retrieve the diamond.
A short story containing odd friends, two eventful dinner parties, and a coffee-fueled detective.”
Written by my clever brother, the mystery and whit and quirky characters in this short tale make for a good laugh and exercising of your brain perfect to share with someone. 🙂
2. age recommendation: all
“The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.”
Our mom read this to the entire family over the course of a few evenings, and we loved it one and all! The whole thing reminded us so much of our own family’s adventures, and we even had fun deciding which character was most like each of our siblings! XD
The family and neighbors and small town feel are such dears with real-life faults, and there are adorable memories locked up in every single aspect of the place. ❤ My personal favorite character? Oliver or Jessie for sure, though all of them are darlings. Even down to the trash-truck man. 😀
So yeah, just go make a pillow fort and read The Vanderbeekers with all your siblings and some cookies, k?!!
3. age recommendation: 10+ for understandability
“DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE PUSHCART WAR? THE REAL HISTORY?
It’s a story of how regular people banded together and, armed with little more than their brains and good aim, defeated a mighty foe.
Not long ago the streets of New York City were smelly, smoggy, sooty, and loud. There were so many trucks making deliveries that it might take an hour for a car to travel a few blocks. People blamed the truck owners and the truck owners blamed the little wooden pushcarts that traveled the city selling everything from flowers to hot dogs. Behind closed doors the truck owners declared war on the pushcart peddlers. Carts were smashed from Chinatown to Chelsea. The peddlers didn’t have money or the mayor on their side, but that didn’t stop them from fighting back. They used pea shooters to blow tacks into the tires of trucks, they outwitted the police, and they marched right up to the grilles of those giant trucks and dared them to drive down their streets. Today, thanks to the ingenuity of the pushcart peddlers, the streets belong to the people—and to the pushcarts.”
This completely fictional history account is a little hard to explain but hilarious and genius nonetheless! Read aloud by Mom during mealtimes, it was much enjoyed by young and old alike. 😀 Hm, I really need to re-read this…
4. age recommendation: all ❤
“In the town of Squashbuckle, just about anything can happen, and when Henry Penwhistle draws a mighty Chalk Dragon on his door, the dragon does what Henry least expects–it runs away. Now Henry’s art is out in the world for everyone to see, and it’s causing trouble for him and his schoolmates Oscar and Jade. If they don’t stop it, the entire town could be doomed! To vanquish the threat of a rampaging Chalk Dragon, Sir Henry Penwhistle, Knight of La Muncha Elementary School, is going to have to do more than just catch his art–he’s going to have to let his imagination run wild. And THAT takes bravery.”
The synopsis, though accurately wonderful, doesn’t even say it all!!! Mrs. Trafton weaves in heart-breakingly-beautiful encouragement with her delicious writing style and hug-able characters.
Think this is just a children’s book? IN NO WAY!!!
Read it. Love it. Hug it. Be encouraged by it.
It’s a dangerous thing to open a door.
But that, after all, is the only way to find an adventure.
~Henry and the Chalk Dragon
For the artist, the writer, the story-teller, the teacher, the dreamer, the misfit, the parent, the encourager, EVERYONE.
5. age recommendation: 10+
Biography told like a story, this book is the “gripping adventure of a poor Scottish immigrant who became chaplain of the United States Senate and one of the most revered men in America”.
I didn’t realize how much this book means to me until I started thinking about this blog post. The movie had already succeeded in making me laugh and weep multiple times before I even read the book. And the book is a hundred times deeper and longer and wonderful…er!
I wish I could have met Reverand Peter Marshall. He was an amazing man for God, and his wife’s book about him is a story that should never be forgotten. Mr. Marshall, thank you for so faithfully following God no matter where He led and leaving your example for me to see.
The end of this book gets us every time… be warned it’s that amazing. 😉 *cue tears*
Those are my Top 5 Read-Aloud Books… and since today is Wednesday… *fails to do a simple math problem* *tries again*… that means we’re officially halfway through the Five Fall Favorites party! Whaat?!! Already?!
Let’s Talk Books…
What is one book you loved reading with someone?
Do you have a favorite reading snack? I eat just about anything and everything while I’m reading. Seriously, either I forget to eat at all or I just gulp anything down I’m so distracted! lol Warm french fries are definitely tops for a cozy reading snack (is that weird? XD ), though getting to eat the apple cores leftover from whatever Kate just baked is super great too! I’ve been known to eat through lots, maybe even bushels, of apples before!
Guess what genre we get to discuss tomorrow?? *grins knowingly*
Hmmm… I’m actually considering not telling…
JK, jk I’ll tell!!
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