Real Aloud Suggestions For Kids 5-8! (That the whole family will ACTUALLY like!)

February 7, 2020

We read a lot in this family, I pray that my kids develop a love of stories. Reading has been such a blessing in my life, and I so long for reading to have the same effect on my own young sons. So, I wanted to start sharing on here the books we are working through. We are very into chapter books right now, specifically my seven year old, whose reading has really taken off in the last year. So, while it’s fresh on my mind I wanted to get on here this chilly Friday morning and share some books we are working our way through. We have been really enjoying reading books that had movie adaptions made. It has worked well FOR MY FAMILY to read the book during the week, and then turn it into a special weekend movie night. Do what works for your family, but hopefully these suggestions will help you fill your car with great audiobooks and your library holds list with some fun books the whole family will like!

Literally any book by Roald Dahl! These are so fun for kids and really stretch their imaginations. We plan to do Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and will pair with the OG Willy Wonka film, so my kids can watch me cry for two hours. I want to fire up my fondue pot and melt some chocolate for fruit and chips and marshmallows.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio– We listened to this on audio forever ago, but when I saw it at the Goodwill for a dime, I couldn’t resist getting another copy. FYI— I am currently working on this as a family movie night suggestion.

Old Yeller- Currently reading, and I FORGOT HOW SAD IT IS. However, my boys are loving the brother relationship.

Judy Blume is another amazing author for this age, seriously just type her name into your library’s search feature and put them all on hold.

The Mouse and The Motorcycle series- This was a really, really fun audiobook series for the boys.

My Father’s Dragon- I think I bring this one up in every single post I have ever done about this age and books. It has been the best series for my boys so far, they devoured it four times.

Little House On The Prairie– Man, I was so sad to finish these books with my boys. All I ever wanted to be when I was little was Laura, just running around in a bonnet living my best life. I think this was such an excellent series to talk about gratitude and entitlement with the boys. They learned how to plant a garden, how to sew, and make corn bread in a cast iron skillet.

Little Men/ Jo’s Boys– We are on the second one in this little series, the follow up to Little Women. It is so cute so far, and Jo doting on these boys reminds me of how much I love my own boys. So, I’m here for it.

Stay tuned, I’ll have more of these coming over the next few months as we work our way through more chapter books!

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