Reading books aloud to our children has always been something that I’ve enjoyed. Thankfully, they have each grown to love it as well. Sitting on the floor with all four of them crowded around is one of the best parts of my day.
Isabella (5) and Mallory (4) have gotten to the point now where they love chapter books. I think it was two years ago when we started the Little House on the Prairie series. It astounded me how much they retained at such a young age, so I made it a point to continue to incorporate longer books into our reading times. Since then we’ve finished that series, read Ballet Shoes, Charlotte’s Web, and the Pippi Longstocking series
As I was researching curriculum for our schooling decision this year, one thing that I loved about so many curricula was the read aloud book list they had for each grade. Even though we enrolled Isabella in school this year, I wanted to keep reading to the girls each day. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide where to begin, so I just went off of Sonlight’s book list for Kindergarten and First grades.
I made a list of all the books they recommended. My mom told me about Thriftbooks, an online used bookstore. There are lots of used book options out there, for sure, but I have enjoyed Thriftbooks because they have free shipping. The books ship within 4-14 business days, so if you need something right away, this probably isn’t your best option. We have no time restraints, so it was worth it to me to wait awhile and save money on shipping. They didn’t have all of the books on the lists, so I have my running list and will continue to check back as time goes on.
Our books have all arrived over the past few days and the girls loved looking through them. They opted to read The House at Pooh Corner first. We can’t wait for the little two to go down for their naps so we can get lost in the Hundred Acre wood.
What are your favorite books to read to your kids? Any recommendations for places to purchase used books?