When I was an elementary student, our class would come in from lunch recess and the teacher would turn off the lights. We would put our heads down while waiting for our one-by-one turn to get a drink from the water fountain. During this 10 to 15 minute respite to our work day, our teacher would read a chapter from some glorious book that was too hard for me to read on my own. I was transported to farms, subway stations and the mysterious world under the floorboards. Listening to a passionate and experienced reader encouraged me to want to read more too.
As a teacher, I continued this afternoon tradition in my own classroom. Now, as a parent, I plan to create this special chapter book read-aloud time at bedtime as soon as my boys are ready for it. I’m guessing that will be around age 4. And, my list of books I’m chomping at the bit to share with them will take them well into their formal school career! What books are on my list so far? Let’s take a look.
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I know that there have been lots of chapter books published since I’ve left the classroom and I look forward to reading those great books with my boys too. Do you have a favorite chapter book from your childhood?
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