Hi! This is Shaunta.
And this is my daughter, Ruby, the day after she begged to have her waist-length hair cut like Ramona’s:
If you asked Ruby to describe herself, she’d tell you that she’s a tomboy and that she loves to ride her bike, swim, make art, and read. As I write this (June 2012), she’s seven and just finished up first grade. She’s the youngest of my three kids, by eleven years.
I’ve decided to work on an experiment, here at Story Carnivores. I want to keep a record of the books I read out loud to Ruby. Not the little chapter books she could read to herself, or the picture books we’ve read eleventy-billion times (We’ll eat you up, we love you so!) I’m talking about books that are at least a little outside her read-to-herself reading level. Books that her big sister loved as a kid, and books I loved as a kid, and that sometimes my mom and even my grandma loved. Old classics and new classics.
Below is our ever-growing list of books to read out loud. I’ll mark our current read, plus link to reviews of the books that we’ve already read. My criteria for adding a book to our list are:
1. I found a copy for $3.00 or less. I know, I know. Libraries are free. But I like having a shelf of books for her to pick from. And I want a permanent library of our own. Plus, finding them for less than $3.00 makes it a treasure hunt. Fun!
2. It’s not a book that Ruby could easily read on her own. Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House level books are her read-to-herself level right now. The books we’ll read out loud will be age appropriate, but since I’m reading them to her and can explain words or themes that are a little over her head, age appropriateness is slightly different than if she was reading to herself. I know that before too much longer, these books will be at her reading level, but for now, at age 7, she still needs her mama to read them to her.
3. We’ll both enjoy it.
I’ll post a review of each book we read. The reviews will talk about both my experience reading the book out loud, and Ruby’s as the one being read to. I’ll also post a monthly update of our read out loud project. I’d love to hear from any of you on your experiences, too!
Below is our list of books. It’s ever evolving as we find new books to add to our little library. The title in red is what we’re working on now. Click on any blue title for the review.
Welcome to the Story Carnivore Read Out Loud Library!
Averil, Esther: Jenny and the Cat Club
Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan
Blume, Judy: Superfudge
Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland
Cleary, Beverly: Mouse and the Motorcycle
Cleary, Beverly: Ralph S. Mouse
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Dahl, Roald: Matilda
Dahl, Roald: The Witches
Farjeon, Eleanor: The Little Bookroom
Fitzhugh, Louise: Harriet the Spy
Hale, Shannon: Princess Academy
Justor, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth
L’Engle, Madeleine: An Acceptable Time
L’Engle, Madeleine: A Swiftly Tilting Planet
L’Engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle in Time
Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Goes on Board
Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi in the South Seas
Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking
Milne, A. A.: Winnie-the-Pooh
L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
Nix, Garth: Mister Monday
Norton, Mary: The Borrowers
O’Dell, Scott: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Paterson, Katherine: Bridge to Terabithia
Peterson, John: The Littles and the Lost Children
Rodgers, Mary: Freaky Friday
Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Sachar, Louis: Sideways Stories From Wayside School
Sachar, Louis: Wayside School is Falling Down
Streatfeild, Noel: Dancing Shoes
Stewart, Trenton Lee: The Mysterious Benedict Society
Travers, P. L.: Mary Poppins
Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
White, E. B.: Charlotte’s Web
White, E.BE.: The Trumpet of the Swan
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: By the Shores of Silver Lake
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Farmer Boy
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Little House in the Big Woods
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Little House on the Prairie
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Little Town on the Prairie
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: On the Banks of Plum Creek
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: On the Way Home
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: The Long Winter
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: These Happy Golden Years