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11 Books to Read Out Loud with Your Grade Schoolers

Kids love it when you read to them even after they have learned to read by themselves.

In addition to training your kids to sit still and listen to your voice, reading out loud to your kids will fill their heads with images and stories that will provide a ton of common ground and conversation-starters.

See below for some great books to read aloud to your kids. I guarantee you will enjoy them, too.


  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis 1 of 11
    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
    Beautiful and thought-provoking, this is the gold standard of read-alouds. It's fanciful and compelling while it introduces kids to mythic themes. You will love reading it to them.
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly 2 of 11
    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly
    The main character of this book might remind you a little of Laura Ingalls. It's a great one for girls, especially. I never get sick of smart, spunky, observant girls and their wise, encouraging grandfathers. Available here.
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 3 of 11
    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    You and your kids will be intrigued by Artemis Fowl--Your regular 12-year-old millionaire, genius, criminal mastermind. Start the series with this one.
  • Johnhy Tremain by Esther Forbes 4 of 11
    Johnhy Tremain by Esther Forbes
    Chances are good that your kids will "have to" read this in Jr. High. Spare them by reading it to them now. It's a good one, and even better read out loud. It's an exciting story about the American Revolution. Also, maiming! Available here.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 5 of 11
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    My earliest school memories are about this book. A teacher folded a piece of paper to show us a tesseract. The image of a town of children bouncing red rubber balls in unison lives in my memory and now it's in my kids' heads too. What a wonderfully strange story. I love it. Read it.
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 6 of 11
    Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
    This is another great trilogy to read with your kids. It's exciting and mysterious when Meggie learns that her father has the gift of reading stories into life. Available here.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 7 of 11
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
    The hilarious diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, your kids will love this book. In fact, they've probably already read it. But there's a whole series to get through and your kids will be tickled if you read it out loud to them. I defy you not to LOL. Available here.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 8 of 11
    A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    These books are deliciously clever. Want to teach your kids to love language? Craving a mystery whose clues lie in grammar? Do you heart orphans? Read all the books in this series.
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 9 of 11
    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
    This is an awesome introduction to time travel with a lot of heart. Boggle your kids' minds. You'll be talking about it all summer. Available here.
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling 10 of 11
    Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
    There's a reason everyone is nuts over Harry Potter. And nothing showcases these wonderful stories more than reading them out loud as a family. There's lots to love about these books. You might even learn a thing or two about parenting.
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 11 of 11
    The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
    This is a beautiful, hopeful book. I just finished it and I can't wait to read it to my kids. Holling Hoodhood deals with some hard things in middle school. His teacher uses Shakespeare to teach him about the human heart. If you believe in literature--and I'm sure you do because you're reading out loud to your kids, this book is a must-read for 5th and 6th graders and up.

 

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