The Big Book Pile-Up came from my desire to get our read-aloud time out of the rut it is in. Our book choices sometimes feel uninspired. Our enthusiasm waning, not because we don’t love reading aloud together, but because reading aloud with a toddler (and this toddler in particular) has its challenges. I am determined not to let this become an excuse. Reading aloud is too important for the intellectual and emotional development of our children to allow ourselves to become apathetic in our attempts.
With World Read Aloud Day coming up on March 4th, I decided to give our read-aloud time a kick-start, to bring it from mediocre to the joyful family time I know it can be. Together with my children, we created a list of book categories to introduce or reacquaint us (and you if you choose to join us and I really, really hope you do!) with books of all kinds. Not only will we meet great books and characters and ideas but we’ll get to know each other better through our discussions and just enjoy spending time together. The list of suggestions offers a variety of genres and topics and is meant to be a spring of inspiration. I am not sure how we will approach the list just yet. Will we start at the top? Bottom? Somewhere in the middle? Use it as more of a checklist and read a selection each day? I do know that we will try to read from a variety of sources; picture books, novels, stories from children’s literary magazines, and whatever else we can get our hands-on. We may add other genres or topics that spark our interest or skip the ones that just don’t seem to be working for us right now. The most important thing is that we’ll read together everyday!
We’ve got a trip to the library planned in the next few days and an amazon cart brimming with some books that I want to make sure we read even if we can’t find them at our local library.
Each day I’ll be sharing what we’re reading and how our adventure is going. I hope that you’ll do the same!
Here’s the reading list!
- Read a picture book
- Read non-fiction
- Read a Newberry award winner
- Read a book about a famous person
- Read some poetry
- Listen to an audio book
- Read a newly published book
- Read a book you’ve read before
- Read an alphabet book
- Read a book about food and cook together
- Read a classic book
- Read a Greek Myth
- Read some Shakespeare
- Read a fairy tale
- Read a version of the same fairy tale from another country
- Read about history
- Read about math
- Read about nature
- Read about friendship
- Read from a book by your favorite author
- Begin a chapter book
- Read a book about art
- Read a book about music
- Read a rhyming book
- Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
- Read a book about a science topic
- Read a fable, folktale, or tall tale
- Read a fantasy
- Read a wordless book
- Read a book that has won the Caldecott Medal