60 Days of Summer Fun… #8- READING, Part 5- Great Summer Read Alouds

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has at least ten one-liners stored in her memory bank from the movie The Princess Bride: “My Sweet Wesley”; “This is true love – you think this happens every day?”; “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles”; “I am not left-handed”; “You killed my father…prepare to die…”; “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday; “Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons!” “Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed, in Greenland?!”; “Never go against a Sicillian when death is on the line!” and my favorite, “Inconceivable!”

To me, The Princess Bride is the quintessential read aloud- for boys and for girls. Want some other great read aloud book ideas?

As You Wish

Our 60 Days of Summer Fun focus on reading concludes with recommendations for great Summer Read Alouds, and what better way to share a love of reading than to read together- both solo side-by-side by the pool, on the beach, in a treehouse, on the porch or aloud at bedtime.

PALNYC’s Top 5 Resources for Read Alouds:

 Top 25 Read Alouds from Simple Home School has a great read aloud list.

Best Read Aloud Chapter Books by GoodReads.

The Book Children- Great Summer Read Alouds for First to Eighth Graders

The Importance of Reading Aloud

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Reading Comprehension Helps parents think about reading comprehension and supporting critical thinking skills during reading

Our Top 20 Read Aloud Picks:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Matilda or Charlie and The Chocolate Factory  (gosh, just about any title) by Roald Dahl

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy 
by Jeanne Birdsall

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Want an extra bonus? After reading the story together, make it the focus of your summer movie night too. Then compare notes and portrayals of the characters, the stories and more.

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